I'm Niku Kazori, you can catch me doing traffic, news, or weather on KIRO 7. I'm up before the sun, early risers can tune in on KIRO 7 News in the Morning from 4:30-7am
7 Questions With : Niku Kazori
Where did you grow up?
Why did you become a journalist?
It's hard to sum up in a few sentences why I chose this career path. Becoming a Journalist has been my dream job since childhood. I love to tell stories in a compelling way that can make a difference in viewers' lives. I am fascinated with getting the truth and presenting it in a way that's not only engaging, but insightful.
What cities have you worked in during your journalism career?
Lubbock, TX, Charleston, SC, Knoxville, TN, San Antonio TX, Seattle, WA
What’s the most memorable story you’ve ever covered?
One of the stories I'm most proud of covering was the trial of former Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti. I followed the trial for months, in and out of the courtroom daily, landing exclusive interviews, and helping my station lead coverage in this high-profile case that made national news. On a lighter note, one story I will never forget covering (because it had the entire town engaged for almost a week straight) A veteran's pet monkey named Pretty Boy Floyd who helped him manage his PTSD went missing. Seeing the support from the community coming together to find this monkey and the unconventional and hilarious tactics that eventually worked made it a story I'll always remember!
What are you most proud of in your career in news?
I'm proud that I followed my dream. Journalism is not an easy field and to stick to my goals despite challenges is something I'm most proud of. I've been a sponge from my intern days, absorbing knowledge and taking advice from my peers from every station I've worked for, allowing me to learn other skills within the station (Anchoring/Weather/Traffic) . I love continuing to learn more about each job and also mentoring younger talent starting off their Journalism career.
What’s something people don’t know about you? fun fact:
I know Sign Language, and Farsi. I've also played the piano for 20+ years, I have a minor in philosophy, I've seen over 10 Korean Dramas and I'm always looking for more suggestions. I love martial arts, I've taken Tae Kwon Do and most recently Karate from the oldest sensei in the world while I was living overseas in Okinawa, Japan.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
My husband and I love spending our time exploring the PNW with our labradoodle, Cinnamon! We are total foodies and are always up for trying something new. I love exploring different coffee shops and Mediterranean restaurants. A perfect night in would consist of my favorite sushi, red wine, and binging either chopped or impractical jokers!