The Hawaii State Teachers Association says longtime local television reporter Keoki Kerr has been hired as the union’s communications specialist

Kerr will oversee media relations and communications with HSTA’s 13,500 members beginning April 15, according to a press release.

“We are pleased to welcome Keoki to our team. His reputation as a fair and accurate reporter on issues that impact our community, combined with his personal commitment to building volunteers, mentoring young people and coordinating community events will be valuable to our organization,” said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee.

Keoki Kerr.

Keoki Kerr.

HSTA

He added, “We look forward to working with Keoki as we continue to advocate for Hawaii’s public school teachers and the education of our keiki.”

Kerr has been an investigative reporter at Hawaii News Now since 2012, where he focuses on government and politics. He previously served as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KITV, a Civil Beat media partner.

He has also served as a co-artistic director and performer in the Society of Professional Journalists’ political satire fundraiser, the Gridiron Show.

Full disclosure: I am a Gridiron cast member and nearly as good a dancer as Keoki.

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