Lori Matsukawa is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist with 40 years in the industry. Recently retired after 36 years as an anchor and reporter at KING TV in Seattle, she previously anchored, reported and produced newscasts in Portland OR and Redding CA. Matsukawa’s professional awards include “Communicator of the Year” from the Association for Women in Communications, Seattle Chapter (2009); a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association (2006) and induction into the University of Washington Communication Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2005) and the Department's Distinguished Alumna Award (2015). In 2014, Lori was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Northwest Chapter. Matsukawa won two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards, one in 2018 for her series “Prisoners in Their Own Land” about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and another in 2019 for “Shane Sato: Portraits of Courage” about a photographer's mission to photograph Nisei veterans who served as part of America's “Greatest Generation.”
Matsukawa serves on the Board of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and is an alumna of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation, a program of the US - Japan Council and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also served on the boards of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. She is a co-founder of the Seattle Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Matsukawa graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Communication from Stanford University and received an MA in Communication from the University of Washington. In 1974, Matsukawa served as Miss Teenage America, which allowed her to travel outside her native Hawaii. She and her husband Larry Blackstock live in Bellevue and have a grown son.