Denise Nakano joined NBC10 as a weekend anchor in 2003. She can currently be seen anchoring NBC10 News on weekend evenings and reporting during the week. Prior to joining NBC10, Nakano was a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor at KCPQ in Seattle, Washington.
Nakano’s on-air career began in 1997 at KHSL in Chico, California, where she was an anchor, reporter, and producer. She later headed east to WTVH in Syracuse, New York, where she worked as an anchor/reporter.
Nakano began her broadcasting career at KXTV in Sacramento, California, where she was behind the scenes as an assignment desk assistant. She was also a radio news anchor at KJAX in Stockton, California. Nakano later transitioned to anchor/reporter when she joined KHSL in Chico, California. While there she was also a producer.
Nakano grew up in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from University of the Pacific in Stockton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She also minored in Political Science.
Nakano is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association and previously served as a National Board Representative of AAJA.
When not covering the news, Nakano, a certified scuba diver, enjoys scuba diving in tropical waters, making jewelry, and spending time with her family. Nakano and her husband reside in the Philadelphia area with their two sons.