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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2002

KGMB selects woman sports director

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

KGMB's Liz Chun is set to become the first female sports director in Hawai'i television history.

Chun, 28, a graduate of Roosevelt High and Colorado State, replaces Dave Vinton, whose last day at the station is Friday. Vinton, 32, a graduate of Mililani High and the University of Hawai'i, has worked at KGMB for nine years, rising from a sports producer to sports anchor.

"The station decided to make a change," said Vinton, who had a year remaining on his contract. "Change is part of the business. If you can't take it, you shouldn't get into it. ... I have some great memories working there."

Vinton said he is confident Chun will do well in her new job.

"She's a really good sports journalist and a very hard worker," he said. "I have no doubt she'll be very good because she's a good person and a good journalist."

Lynne Kawano was a part-time KGMB sportscaster in the mid-1990s before moving to Idaho and several women have worked as color analysts on K5's telecasts of University of Hawai'i sporting events. But Chun, who joined KGMB as a camera operator, became the first female sports anchor in 2000.

More changes are expected at KGMB. Last year, Emmis Communications, which owns KHON-2, bought Lee Enterprises' television stations, including KGMB. The FCC has granted a temporary waiver allowing Emmis to own two stations in Hawai'i.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, the wrong name was given to Emmis Communications. Also, Emmis purchased Lee Enterprises' television stations, not the company itself.