Sara Mattison is happy to be back in Hawaii after a three-year stint on the mainland.
The Hanalani Schools graduate comes to KHON2 from Eugene, Ore., where she worked as a multimedia journalist.
“The biggest story I’ve ever covered was the Umpqua Community College shooting on Oct. 1, 2015,” she says. “I lived and reported in Roseburg when the shooting happened. It’s a story I will never forget, even if I wanted to.”
A life-changing moment prompted her move back to the islands.
“My longtime boyfriend proposed to me on Jan. 2, 2016,” she says. “My family is also here, so it was time to come home and put my fiancé and family first before my career for a change.”
Sara graduated summa cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a double major in journalism and visual communications.
“I’ve been working since I was 15 and had many jobs, most of them mundane, but there is never a dull moment being a journalist,” she says. “I love learning something new and meeting new people every day.”
When she’s not working, Sara loves watching movies and searching for new things to eat. She also takes her sleep “very seriously.”
Sara adds that mainland life has led to a new-for-her hobby: surfing.
“Before I left Hawaii, I had two to three jobs and never had time to go to the beach, but I realized I took that for granted. Now I plan on going to the beach as much as possible,” she says.