Amy Kawata

Amy Kawata

Video journalist

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.

Recent Articles by Amy

How a new South Carolina law is helping nurse practitioners expand their roles

Grand Strand doctor talks research that finds Vitamin E acetate may be linked to vaping illness

Are your car bumper stickers giving away too much information? Local authorities weigh in

'It makes me ... scared’: Female Myrtle Beach realtors targeted by a possible human trafficking text scam

More states, including SC, working to require mental health education in the classroom

Grand Strand doctors already seeing early flu cases, predict severe flu season

South Carolina’s REAL ID deadline is approaching

Grand Strand Medical Center treats patient with vaping-related lung illness

Proposed S.C. bill will make threatening schools, churches and public spaces illegal

Authorities urge parents to know apps that could pose a danger to their kids

Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

MBFD reminding beachgoers of beach umbrella safety after video goes viral

FBI warns parents of rise in sextortion cases

‘We have a lot of catching up to do:’ SC lawmaker proposes bills to protect sexual assault victims on college campuses

Horry County Police warn parents of a new, potentially dangerous challenge on social media

SLED begins investigation following officer-involved shooting in Horry County

SC lawmakers one step closer to cracking down on teen vaping

SC lawmakers working to ban minors from using tanning beds

Study shows opioid addiction can start at the dentist

South Carolina drivers can now cash in on gas tax

Recent study ranks South Carolina the sickest state in U.S.

BBB warns social media users of ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ scam

Professors at CCU seek to understand complex hurricane systems, ‘disastrous inland flooding’

Pets at risk for heartworm disease following recent flooding