Local sports television is undergoing a makeover.
Brandi Higa, who has served as interim sports reporter/anchor at KITV, was offered the full-time job officially on Friday. She will continue to anchor on weekends. Higa fills the vacancy created when Jahmai Webster accepted a job in Denver.
At Hawaii News Now, Taryn Hatcher, who has been training the past month, will go on the air this week. Hatcher is a recent Rutgers graduate.
HNN also has hired Francesca Weems, a Kealakehe High and Cal-Berekely graduate. Weems, who has worked at ESPN under Neil Everett, is the sister of former UH wideout Marcus Weems.
In the new HNN arrangement, Mark Carpenter, Hatcher and Weems will have equal responsibilities as sports anchors, reporters, editors and videographers. It will be a return to the three-person sports department that was the norm in local television until budget restraints led to reductions about a decade ago. Mike Cherry, who served as HNN’s sports anchor/reporter/director, left the station in December to join KITV as a co-host on KITV4 Morning News.