Know Your Local Asian Newscasters

Know Your Local Asian Newscasters

In the beginning there was Connie Chung. After breaking out on LA’s local news scene, Connie’s rise to national prominence paved the way for the likes of Tritia Toyota, Wendy Tokuda and Sharon Tay. Today, every local TV news team in Los Angeles enforces a strict two Asian minimum. Let’s get to know our current crop of Asian newscasters…


CBS/KCAL

Lisa Joyner
Entertainment Reporter/ Host
lisa joyner
In her bio, Lisa explains that she’s a journalist because it beats working. And her favorite sports team is the Pussycat Dolls.
Mia Lee
Anchor
mia lee
In the Japanamation flick Kaitou Saint Tail, Mia is the voice of Meimi, a girl who turns into a magical thief at night and steals stuff with the help of a nun in training.
Leyna Nguyen
Anchor/Reporter
leyna nguyen
Leyna was 1987’s Miss Asia and often leverages her talents for newscaster roles in shitty films.
 

NBC

Ted Chen
Anchor/Reporter
ted chen
Ted was second assistant director for the vampire thriller Sleepless Nights. Who can forget this film’s classic tagline: Those lips at your throat… may not be your lover’s?
Gordon Tokumatsu
Reporter
Gordon Tokumatsu
It’s common for aspiring White entertainers to Anglocize their names to appeal to a wider audience. But if you’re going to make it as a non-White performer you need to take the opposite approach and market the shit out of your ethnicity. And thus Gordon Gray became Gordon Tokumatsu.


ABC

Denise Dador
Anchor/Health Specialist
Denise Dador
Denise is a health specialist with no formal medical training. Maybe this mean Eyewitness news will accept my application to be their newschopper pilot.
Rob Fukuzaki
Sports
Rob Fukuzaki
Rob wrote and recorded musical tributes to Tommy Lasorda and former Dodger Raul Mondesi. If anyone has a copy of either of these songs please contact me immediately.
Jane Monreal
Traffic
Jane Monreal
Jane was crowned Miss Asian America Florida and was a competitive Latin ballroom and salsa dancer. Unlike former beauty queen Leyna Nguyen, Jane has yet to be cast as a TV news reporter in a shitty film.
David Ono
Anchor
David Ono
David is a triathlete sponsored by PowerBar’s Team Elite even though he can’t swim nearly as well as he can move on land.

KTLA

Cher Calvin
Morning Anchor
cher calvin
KTLA didn’t approve of chercalvin.com and instituted a ban on personal Web sites by on-air talent. An early version of the site remains archived so you can still check out Cher’s shout-outs, linkz and her section for webmasterz.
Janet Choi
Reporter
janet choi
Janet was a cast member on MTV’s Real World Seattle. In one episode she compared sex to avocados and then explained that she’s tried sex but not avocados.

FOX

Susan Hirasuna
Weekend Anchor/Reporter
susan hirasuna
Susan is often asked to act as mistress of ceremonies for local community events. She is rarely confused with Elvira, mistress of local dark community events.
Jane Yamamoto
Reporter
Jane Yamamoto
Jane is an avid golfer who wants everyone to know her handicap is 9. Everyone wants Jane to know that nobody likes a braggart.
Tricia Takasugi
Reporter
Tricia Takasugi
Tricia doesn’t get a bio. Bios are for closers.
Maria Quiban
Weather
Maria Quiban
Maria dated Jim Carrey, was a teen mom and plays the ukelele. These three facts are not necessarily related.
Tricia Takanawa
Reporter
tricia takanawa
Although based in Quahog, Rhode Island, Tricia Takanawa is perhaps the most popular Asian reporter in Los Angeles. She was once eaten alive by her anchors.