Kent Ninomiya is the first male Asian American broadcast journalist to be a primary news anchor of a television station in the United States. The Asian American Journalist Association, often referred to as the AAJA, notes that there are numerous Asian American women on the air at American television news stations but very few Asian American men. This disparity is even more pronounced with television news anchors. Kent Ninomiya was the first Asian American man to be a main anchor.
Kent Ninomiya became the primary news anchor for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St Paul in 2003. His co-anchor, Harris Faulkner, is an African American female. The all minority main anchor team working in a television market with very few minority viewers was heralded as a bold step forward by journalism organizations across the country. Ninomiya was also primary news anchor and managing editor at WICD in Champaign in 2006 and 2007.
Ninomiya first became a full time news anchor in 1999 when he was named the weekday 5am - 7am morning news anchor for KGO-TV, the ABC owned and operated television station in San Francisco. At KGO his co-anchors included Beth Spicuza, Carolyn Johnson and Elizabeth Bermudez. From 2001 through 2003 Ninomiya anchored the weekend evening news at KCOP in Los Angeles. He worked with several prominent co-anchors there including Gina Silva, Jennifer Gould, Maria Quiban and Lauren Sánchez. During Ninomiya's time at KCOP, the news operation was merged with KTTV, the Fox station in Los Angeles, as part of a duopoly. Ninomiya appeared on the air for both Los Angeles television stations.
Prior to working in Los Angeles, Ninomiya was a reporter and fill in anchor. From 1993 to 1998 he worked for WLS-TV, the ABC owned and operated television station in Chicago. From 1991 to 1993 he worked at KGTV the ABC television station in San Diego. From 1990 to 1991 he worked for KFSN the ABC owned and operated television station in Fresno. In 1990 he worked for KJEO (now KGPE) the CBS television station in Fresno.
Ninomiya first appeared on the air as a television news anchor in 1989 when he was the weekday morning news news anchor for KIEM, the NBC television station in Eureka, California. He also reported for that station.
Ninomiya's first appearance on television was in early 1989 at WGGB, the ABC television station in Springfield, Massachusetts where he was an assignment editor and reporter. Prior to that, he worked behind the scenes at the Washington, D.C. bureau of CNN in 1988, KGO-TV in San Francisco in 1988, and KTVU in Oakland in 1987.
Kent Ninomiya was born in San Francisco and raised in San Diego. He was graduated from University City High School in 1984 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences with emphasis in History, Political Science and Mass Communications. He was a fellow of Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute and is a Candidate for Juris Doctor at St. Mary's University School of Law.
During a September 2007 trial for 19-year old Erin Davis on a DUI charge, Davis admitted driving drunk on September 17, 2006 with a blood alcohol level of .20, which is two and a half times the legal limit in Illinois. Davis struck two parked cars on South Neil Street in Champaign, heavily damaged her own car, then kept driving into Campustown where University of Illinois police spotted her. Davis was initially identified as a former intern in news reports but was later confirmed to be a former operations department employee by WICD's general manager. Davis claimed she was given alcohol by WICD reporter Emily Carlson that night and that she was justified to drive drunk because she feared being sexually assaulted by Carlson, who is a woman, and Ninomiya. Both Carlson and Ninomiya denied the claim. Carlson called it a "fabrication" telling the Star Tribune that "Clearly the state attorney's office found me to be the credible witness, not Erin Davis." Ninomiya told the Star Tribune "Both me and Emily Carlson were subpoenaed as witnesses for the prosecution. Don't you think the state's attorney would have loved to come after an anchor and reporter if there was any wrongdoing? Her story was her attempt to avoid taking responsibility for her actions."  Neither Carlson, who did not testify in the Davis trial, nor Ninomiya, who did testify, was charged with any crime regarding Davis. Ninomiya, Carlson and Davis had all left WICD before the Davis trial.
Kent Ninomiya is a Candidate for Juris Doctor at St. Mary's University School of Law and the author of Demand Studio Secrets, an e-book on freelance writing and marketing. He is formerly the managing editor of Bellamax Media, a media consulting and content creation company. Ninomiya is also an editor and writer for online magazines.
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya American Journalism Review
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya AAJA
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya Asian Week article
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya Asian Pages article
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya University of Maryland report
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya Broadcast pioneers article
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya - (LinkedIn). Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
- ↑ News Gazette September 13, 2007
- ↑ C.J.: News alert: Ex-KSTPers tell their side of Champaign story
- ↑ Demand Studio Secrets (2011-08-02). Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
- ↑ Kent Ninomiya - LinkedIn (LinkedIn). Retrieved on 2009-04-01.
- Kent Ninomiya web site
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- Bellamax Media website
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