WASHINGTON — The National JACL has announced that Denise Nakano, news anchor/reporter for NBC Philadelphia, will serve as the 2011 JACL Gala mistress of ceremonies.
A Yonsei, Nakano was born in Inglewood and raised in Gardena, where her parents continue to live today.
Nakano joined NBC 10 News on July 28, 2003, as weekend anchor. In October 2006, she began anchoring for “myphl17 news at ten,” powered by NBC 10. She continues to report on NBC 10 News.
Prior to joining NBC 10, Nakano was a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor at KCPQ-TV in Seattle. Her on-air television career began in 1997 at KHSL-TV in Chico, where she was an anchor/reporter/producer. From there, she headed east to WTVH-TV in Syracuse, N.Y,, where she worked as an anchor/reporter.
Before she began anchoring, Nakano was an assignment desk assistant for KXTV in Sacramento and a radio news anchor at KJAX in Stockton. She graduated from University of the Pacific in Stockton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and minored in political science.
Nakano is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. When not covering the news, Nakano, a certified scuba diver, enjoys diving in tropical waters. Additionally, she completed the 2002 Seattle Marathon.
She and her husband Ernie, a marriage counselor and family therapist, along with their two sons and dog (a Weimaraner), reside in the Philadelphia area.
For more information regarding the gala, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., visit www.jacl.org.