Krista Rados, Editor in Chief
Krista Rados is a senior at UHM studying Journalism and Anthropology. After working as the Ka Leo News and Features Editor in 2020, Krista knew she wanted to continue to elevate the voices on campus through her leadership as the EIC. Her previous roles include working as an intern reporter for Hawaii Business Magazine and the National Parks Service, covering issues ranging from community election protests to the workplace disparities of women in tech.
Noe Nekotani, Managing Editor
Noe Nekotani is in her sophomore year majoring in Journalism. Born on Oahu, she dreamt of joining the university’s paper since her chance encounter with the world of journalism in her freshman year of high school. Her dream is to join the ranks in the Star Advertiser, which her grandparents loved to read.
Sam Hall, Digital Media and Engagement Editor
Samantha Hall is a senior, working towards completing her BA degrees in Communicology and Psychology. Sam was born and raised in Ventura, California where she attended Ventura Community College before moving to Oʻahu in 2017. She joined Ka Leo as a digital media intern in the fall of 2020, moving her way into the Social Media Coordinator position in the spring of 2021, and now stepping into the role of Digital Media and Engagement Editor. In her free time, Sam enjoys being outside and exploring the beauty of Oʻahu.
Gradon Wong, Chief Copy Editor
Gradon Wong is a senior currently pursuing a degree in English and philosophy, and is considering a career in education. He is very fond of poetry and enjoys working with the English language. Music and comedy are two things that he cannot live without. This is his fourth year with Ka Leo and as a copy editor.
Amy Lowe, Design Director
Amy Lowe is the Design Director at Ka Leo and is currently a 4th year at UH Mānoa, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering. She has been with Ka Leo since 2015, when she started as a design intern. She graduated from Kealakehe High School on the Big Island.
Lauren Okinaka, News and Features Associate Editor
Lauren Okinaka grew up in Hilo, Hawai‘i and is majoring in journalism. She is currently an intern with Hawai‘i Business Magazine and a former intern with HAWAI‘I Magazine. Prior to attending UH Mānoa, Okinaka was a staff writer for Ke Kalahea, the student-run newspaper at UH Hilo. She was also a student intern that wrote for UH Hilo Stories, the publication of the Office of the Chancellor. When she is not writing or attending classes, she likes watching movies, baking and hanging out with friends.
Reece Nagaoka, Sports Editor
Reece Nagaoka is a Management Information Systems major who enters his second semester on the sports desk, having initially joined Ka Leo as a staff writer. His goals for the upcoming school year are to improve his writing ability while also learning more about the ins and outs of journalism.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke, Advisor
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is the Student Media Editorial Adviser at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and an Independent Journalist. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, NBC News, the Guardian, BuzzFeed News, Gizmodo, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, FLUX Hawaiʻi, Honolulu Magazine, Audubon, and others. For more than six years, she was the Night Editor for BuzzFeed News, where she reported and edited breaking news from Honolulu with a team based around the world. She did on-the-ground reporting, utilized social media, and procured government records to uncover stories. Her reporting has tackled Hawaii’s false missile alert, the volcano eruption on the Big Island, Mark Zuckerberg's controversial land grabs on Kauaʻi, the protests on Maunakea, and abortion rights on Guam. Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, she is passionate about stories from the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. She earned a MA in Journalism at Columbia University in New York and a BA in English and Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio.