Amy Kawata joined the WMBF News team in January 2018. Amy joins us from the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, where she worked in production at the NBC affiliate station, KSNV. Born in Los Angeles, California and growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada helped Amy discover her true passion for news at a young age.
She was heavily involved in her high school broadcast journalism class where she hosted and produced the weekly news broadcast. Not afraid to take any risks and open to a change of scenery, Amy chose to continue her studies on the opposite coast where she received her Bachelors degree from Syracuse University in New York studying Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Marketing. (Go ‘Cuse!) During her junior year, Amy's sense of adventure took her across the pond to study abroad for a semester in London, England.
Some memorable moments of her career in Myrtle Beach include covering Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Dorian and the shooting of seven law enforcement officers in Florence County. She also worked alongside an award-winning news team in Las Vegas covering the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2016 Presidential election, the O.J Simpson Parole Hearing, Comicon, and the 2017 Country Music Awards.
Although she is a city girl at heart, she loves Myrtle Beach and being a voice for the community.
When Amy is not immersed in the latest news, she enjoys seeing the world through traveling (mostly for the food), watching award shows, binge watching Netflix shows, and trying out the latest fashion trends.
Three students have been charged after threats were made to two separate Florence School District One schools during the first week of classes. With the topic of school safety on many parents minds as school is officially back in session, state lawmakers are working to make those threats a crime.
With summer break in full swing and kids having a lot more free time on their hands, the FBI says sextortion cases are on the rise. In response, the FBI recently launched a national campaign to raise awareness.
Another viral and potentially dangerous challenge on social media is making its rounds, this time it’s called the “48-hour challenge.” The challenge encourages teenagers to “disappear” on purpose for up to two days at a time.
A recent study states some teens and young adults get their first exposure to opioids at the dentist. The study also states 80 percent of people aged 13 to 30 who had their wisdom teeth removed filled an opioid prescription.
As we gear up for holiday season, scammers are back in full force trying to take advantage of the gift giving season. A popular scheme is making its way around social media, but the Better Business Bureau wants you to steer clear.