Roberta Wong Murray, PBS Hawaii's Vice President of Programming and Communications, has said aloha 'oe to our staff as she retires to Kona to spend time with and assist an ailing family member.
I first met Roberta in the 1970s at KITV News, where she was one of the first Asian TV reporters in Hawaii. She was quickly picked up by KRON in big-TV-market San Francisco. Later she formed a public relations company with her husband that operated successfully for many years in the Bay Area. Next was an exec post at a sister bank of First Hawaiian in SF. Moving back to Hawaii, she worked as a spokesperson for the US Census. And then she joined us here to direct our on-air/online programming and communications activities. As hectic as the pace could be, she always kept her cool. One night when then-Insights host Dan Boylan took ill, she stepped in at the last minute to host a live hour-long discussion of a highly charged issue--GMOs. As usual, she was calm and composed and deftly moderated the program.
Roberta has had a long, diverse and absorbing career in media, and we thank her for her time here at PBS Hawaii. She is retiring sooner than she expected, but as she observes, life happens. This is a case of "family first." She shared her family's journey with the entire staff at a gathering this week. A family member's devastating diagnosis, a search for answers, a plan to live life to the fullest. The family is unified, proactive and loving.
Our aloha and gratitude go with Roberta to Kona and we wish her and her loved ones all the best.