Jan Yanehiro

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Jan Yanehiro is a Japanese-American broadcast journalist.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Yanehiro earned a journalism degree from California State University, Fresno in 1970 and worked as a flight attendant before getting a job on the radio. She is one of, if not the, first native-born Asian-American female journalist. .[1][1][3]

She had three children with her late husband John Zimmerman, who died due to a brain tumor. After his death she began hosting and producing documentaries for public access stations KVIE and KCSM. She also hosted a series on radio station KCBS for many years as well as working for more than 20 years for KPIX.[4]

She has been the Director of Multimedia Communications at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco since 2008.[5][6] She continues to host charity events, work in video productions, and travels the world giving lectures and universities.

Television career[edit]

Among her many accomplishments the one she is most proud of is having been one of the original co-hosts of the ground-breaking magazine series Evening Magazine which aired on San Francisco's KPIX (Channel 5) from 1976 to 1991.[5] Yanehiro also co-hosted HGTV's Appraise It! for 5 years.[3] She has also narrated numerous documentaries on the experiences of Japanese-American's during World War II, including the documentary Forced Out.[1]

Other business and community activities[edit]

She is the President of Jan Yanehiro, Inc., a Partner of Fair Advantage, the Director of the Bank of Marin, a Board Member or Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, a Board Member of the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco, a Board Member of the National Board of Visitors at California State University, Fresno, and a Member of the Asian American Journalists Association, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[1]


She has received several Emmys for her work,[3] received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco, was inducted into the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame in New York City, is a Silver Circle Inductee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003. She was also recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and honored as an Outstanding Alumnus by California State University, Fresno.[1]

Books (as co-author)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Jan Yanehiro - Media and Marketing Strategic Planner
  3. ^ a b c Steve Walker and Jan Yanehiro
  4. ^ http://www.asianweek.com/2003/10/24/still-going-strong/
  5. ^ a b http://blog.sfgate.com/parenting/2010/07/22/qa-evening-magazine-co-hosts-jan-yanehiro-and-richard-hart/
  6. ^ "Academy of Art University Communications Faculty". academyart.edu. Academy of Art University. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 

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