Kristen Consillio is a Hawaii news reporter with a passion for meaningful journalism. She joined the KITV4 Island News Team in March 2021.
For the past two decades, she has been breaking news at the state’s largest daily newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and its predecessor, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and before that at the weekly Pacific Business News.
She is compassionate in her reporting and able to tell a story with heart and has gained the public’s trust through her fair and balanced news reports. Consillio was part of the White House Press Corps covering President Barack Obama in Hawaii — including his historic first meeting in 2016 with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Consillio was recognized by Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Josh Green for her coverage while on a 48-hour emergency medical mission to Samoa as health care workers vaccinated the population against the measles. In 2018, she reported live from the scene of the Kilauea volcano eruption, witnessing first hand the mass destruction on Hawaii Island.
Most recently she has chronicled the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the Hawaiian islands.
Her reports have led to policy changes, including a reversal by the Hawaii Medical Service Association of a pre-authorization program that was delaying critical health care services, and the establishment of a state law to ensure timely certification of dialysis clinics for a growing number of patients with chronic kidney disease.
She has been published in the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times and has participated in numerous fellowships with the United Nations Foundation, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Association of Health Care Journalists. Over the years, she has acquired numerous awards and recognitions for her news coverage and is eager to learn new ways of storytelling.
Consillio returned to school in the summer of 2019 to earn a digital skills certificate from the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and is part of the 2021 Poynter Institute TV Power Reporting Academy.
Her goal is to produce meaningful journalism that educates, enlightens and inspires to affect positive change in society, while serving the community she loves. Her KITV4 news reports are produced in partnership with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.