LIHU‘E — The Garden Island has named reporter Sabrina Bodon as its new editor.
Bodon moved to Kaua‘i just as the pandemic shut down the island last year, and quickly adapted to the Kaua‘i culture as she worked as the paper’s public-safety and local-government journalist.
“We’re coming off of such an incredible past year where we’ve continued to print our newspaper every day in the face of uncertainty,” Bodon said. “Continuing the momentum that we had throughout the pandemic is my goal.”
When asked what her vision for the newspaper, Bodon said she is thinking about digital-first initiatives for TGI’s local coverage as the paper continues to inform the people of Hawai‘i. While in-between editors, Bodon stepped up to help direct and lead news coverage.
“We’ve been inside for the past year, and we stayed safe for the most part, but we’re now able to go out and have in-person events that were canceled the last year,” Bodon said. “We’re going to keep covering the news and showing up in the office every single day.”
A Pennsylvania native, Bodon grew up in the Pocono Mountains, and cares deeply for her Filipino and Puerto Rican heritage. Before joining The Garden Island, Bodon was a staff writer at the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bodon holds a degree in journalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bodon can be reached at 808-245-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.