People

  • V.P. of Finance/Assistant Treasurer

    Bernie Shimono was born in Kohala on Hawaiʻi Island, moved to Oʻahu to attend college, and has resided in Honolulu ever since. A love of numbers and a desire to be associated with an organization with a sense of purpose and...

  • Vice President & News Director

    Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawai‘i Public Radio since February 2011. Born in New York City, he spent 21 years at CNN in various positions behind the scenes and on the air in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and...

  • Producer

    Casey Harlow was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He came to Hawaiʻi Public Radio from the University of Oregon's college radio station, KWVA, in 2012. He started out as a board operator, and worked his way up to a full-time...

  • Vice President, Corporate Relations

    Cat Gelman has been with Hawaiʻi Public Radio for more than ten years.  She works with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to create a presence for them on our air. She enjoys educating...

  • Director of Facilities, Host of Evening Jazz

    Charles Husson has been with HPR since 1994. He grew up in Tidewater, Virginia, playing music part-time during high-school and college. He moved to New York City in 1982 to explore the wider musical opportunities there, working...

  • Corporate Relations Accounting Assistant

    Chikako Epure was born in Japan, and lived in Toronto, Canada, Dayton, Ohio, American Samoa, and San Francisco before moving to Hawai‘i in 1995.  After working in banking for 10 years, she joined HPR in 2010.  She likes...

  • Director of Marketing & Communications

    Gough brings more than 15 years of marketing experience to her position at HPR. She most recently served as Director of Marketing at Hawaiian Ola, producer of Hawai‘i-made organic beverages. Prior to that, Gough spent five years at Whole Foods...

  • Corporate Relations Associate

    David Bearden brings an entrepreneurial background to his role, having successfully run several of his own companies. Most recently, he ran his own business selling guest-facing digital products to the Hawai‘i hospitality industry. Bearden has...

  • ENGINEER

    Don Mussell has been with HPR since 2003. An early beginner, he was hired as an assistant chief engineer in Los Angeles at the age of 16. After building non-commercial, public stations across...

  • Corporate Relations Assistant

    While living and working in southern California, Donna became a fan of public radio after volunteering to answer phones during a pledge drive.  It was then natural that she would become a member of HPR when she returned...

  • Major Gifts Manager

    Gene Evans first became a member of HPR in 1983 and has been on staff for 31 pledge years. His duties at the station include fund drive management, outreach events, volunteer support, station tours, and the care and maintenance...

  • Music Director, Classical Music Host

    Gene Schiller joined HPR in September, 1993 as a board operator. His first break came when he was asked to fill in for Music Director Alan Bunin. Six months later, he became the new host of Evening Concert, a program that runs on HPR-2...

  • Multimedia Production Manager; Host, Applause in a Small Room

    Jason Taglianetti joined Hawaiʻi Public Radio in October of 2006 as its multimedia production manager. Born and raised on Oʻahu, Jason grew up backstage, due to his parents, both theatre artists.  In 1996, Jason attended the...

  • Producer, The Conversation

    Jason Ubay brings a variety of media experience to his role of producer on The Conversation. He was managing editor of Hawaii Business magazine for 5 years, where he launched the publication’s social media channels. He later covered...

  • President & General Manager

    Jose A. Fajardo recently served as Executive Vice President for the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his role at the Orlando Chamber, he served as President & CEO for WMFE-TV/FM, the member-supported public...

  • Corporate Relations Associate

    Liane Sunn ran her own media sales company in Hawai‘i, representing print and digital brands for national publishing companies such as Time Inc., American Express Publishing, and Meredith Corporation, the leading magazine operator in the U.S....

  • Producer, The Conversation
  • Manager of On-Air Product and Host of Bridging the Gap

    Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both southern California and Honolulu.  In college he started DJ-ing around town,...

  • Manager of Operations, Host of Latin Beat

    Ray Cruz was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his teen years in Puerto Rico. He discovered his passion for music at a young age while enrolled at a military boarding school in New York State. He played the trombone in school bands, during...

  • News Editor

    Sandee Oshiro joined Hawai’i Public Radio as news editor in February 2019. She was born in Honolulu and graduated from Farrington High School, the University of Hawai’i and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has served as...

  • Vice President and Assistant GM