Hawaii News Now
The Hawaii News Now: KFVE/KGMB/KHNL ‘ohana understands its responsibility to its viewers and holds a sincere passion to serve the people of Hawaii.
Recognized as one of Hawaii’s leading news sources, HNN prides itself on perpetuating a culture of creativity and caring throughout its company. According to HNN’s management team, their employees’ talents, dedication to the community, and continual collaboration has propelled the company to the forefront of the local news media industry.
“It’s a flat organization with no walls,” explains Rick Blangiardi, General Manager for Hawaii News Now and stations KGMB & KHNL. “Everyone’s voice matters.”
Innovation is key at HNN. Employees are encouraged to be thought leaders and pursue their career dreams.
“My staff likes to joke that I never say ‘no,’” says Blangiardi. “What I’m actually doing is trying to find a way to say ‘yes.’ These people come up with such great ideas. I don’t like killing ideas. We have such a brilliant team of people here; I want to find a way to support their ideas and say ‘yes’ to accommodate their creativity and make this a supportive environment that unleashes their potential.”
Blangiardi’s staff describes him as an accessible and hands-on leader, setting the tone of innovation, respect and diplomacy in the HNN office. “We are afforded great autonomy as department heads, managers and employees at this company,” adds Cheryl Oncea, Director of Sales. “We help each other grow individually while still holding a strong sense of community and teamwork.”
The company provides its 150 employees with more than just competitive benefits and career development opportunities. The camaraderie within the HNN ‘ohana and positive office atmosphere motivates and engages employees to excel.
This year beams with new developments and exciting expansions for the HNN team. Enhancing its digital presence, increasing access to stories and video across multiple platforms, and strengthening alliances with nonprofit community partners remain a top priority. New technology has also allowed the HNN team to live up to its commitment to covering more stories from the neighbor islands in 2015.