Northwest Passage

The Emerald City has claimed another Knoxville news anchor. Hana Kim is leaving WATE-TV to join KCPQ in Seattle. A few months ago, Jamie Lynn Drohan left WATE for KOMO.

Frank Murphy and Hana Kim in Tyvek suits during FBI Citizens Academy Frank Murphy and Hana Kim in Humvee during FBI Citizens Academy Hana was my classmate and “lab partner” in the FBI Citizens Academy. Before class, we would chat about Northern Virginia. Hana is from McLean and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. My friend Bean, who lives in Seattle, also went to UMD.

Hana covered a lot of the biggest stories to hit Knoxville during her time at WATE. Her Twitter feed often included real-time courtroom updates from notable trials. On one of his blogs, Dan Andrews praised Hana for her reporting skills.

Some of Hana’s friends posted photos on Facebook of their good-bye celebrations. I got a kick out of a picture that showed a cake decorated with icing images of the Sunsphere and the Space Needle and the words “from” and “to.”

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