2008 National Conference » Speakers

Adele Arakawa

Anchor, 9News

Adele Arakawa has been in broadcasting since 1974. She began her career at age sixteen as a radio disc jockey in her hometown of LaFollette, Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. She spent seven years as a radio news anchor and as a disc jockey, the first female disc jockey in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ms. Arakawa made the transition to television news in various capacities there in 1981 and 1983 anchored newscasts in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1989, she worked at CBC in Chicago as an anchor on the evening newscasts. In 1993 she moved to Denver and has anchored the weekday evening newscasts for more than a decade. Adele Arakawa has received five regional Emmys in the Heartland Region NAAS awards, including three for best anchor. In 1997, she was awarded the Emmy for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and in 1999 the recognition came for coverage of the Columbine shootings. She was awarded an Emmy for best anchor in 2004. She served as president of the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association in 1992 and received a national 1st place award for reporting from the organization. She has received numerous other awards from both community and professional organizations.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Banquet Dinner with Keynote Speakers - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
Adele Arakawa, Anchor, 9News
Denver Taiko
Ernie Doizaki, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, State of Hawai'i
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity