After 36 years as a news anchor on KING 5, Lori Matsukawa officially retires.
“What a pleasure it’s been to work at KING 5 – a legacy station,” Matsukawa said. “When I graduated from college, I told everyone I wanted a job where I’d learn something new every day. I found it here at KING 5. I am grateful to those who’ve been my teachers, mentors and supporters all these years. Thank you for your support. It’s been a heck of a ride!”
According to KING 5 News, Matsukawa has been the recipient of many notable awards like “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association, “Silver Circle Award” from NATAS Northwest and a regional Emmy award for her series about Japanese American wartime incarceration.
“She is a leader in our community, a friend and mentor to everyone in our building, and one of the greatest journalists we’ve ever seen. To say she’ll be missed by her colleagues, and everyone at home, would be a tremendous understatement,” said Jim Rose, KING 5 president.
During Matsukawa’s time at KING, she also fulfilled her dreams to travel around the world. According to International Examiner, she has been to Tokyo, China, two Winter Olympics and even Nicaragua during the 1992 earthquake.
She has been a role model for minority journalists and now intends to use her career to pay it forward. Matsukawa plans to award AAJA scholarships to aspiring journalists.
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