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Nowhere To Go But Up

Jul 4, 2019

In this episode I talk to Scott Shirai, Scott was known to island viewers as an investigative reporter during the 1970s. In addition to reporting he has also been a disc jockey, singer and author. 

In the early 1970s, television news in Hawaii had already been around for 20 years. Investigative reporting began to be a focal point in television news both here and on the mainland. "Because this was the post-Watergate era, there was a lot of emphasis on investigative reporting. Since I was born and raised in Honolulu, I had sources on both sides of the street who fed me lots of information," Shirai said.

Uncovering the seedy underbelly of crime in the islands at a time when the shield law wasn’t in effect, reporters sometimes had to pay the price. "Reporters are generally supposed to cover the news and not be the center of it, and because I did so many investigative stories, I found myself in court on three separate occasions facing contempt of court charges for refusing to identify sources in some of the stories I aired," Shira said.

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