Gerald Kato, Faculty, School of Communications, UH Mānoa

Gerald Kato

Associate Professor
Office: Crawford 324
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3783


My introduction to the world of professional journalism was as what was then quaintly known as a “copy boy”–an editorial assistant–at The Honolulu Advertiser in the Jurassic era when typewriters were commonly used in the newsroom. The clatter of those typewriters as reporters turned out stories on deadline were all part of daily journalism by men and women who believed that news matters. That set me on a path towards a career as a news reporter. I was a newspaper reporter who became a television reporter, and I’ve applied the lessons learned in my career professional journalism career to my teaching and research at the UH Mānoa School of Communications, including the belief advanced by journalists before me that clear thinking, accuracy, and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.


  • MA, Journalism, University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism, 1972
  • BA, Journalism, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1971


Research interests include Politics and the Press, First Amendment and the Public's Right to Know, and protecting the rights of journalists. I recently worked on the oral history project for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and am working on other oral history projects involving Hawaiʻi's political and cultural history. I am on the board of Media-Council Hawaiʻi and have worked on advancing issues of First Amendment in Hawaiʻi.