Gray’s KGMB/KHNL aka Hawaii News Now anchor Shawn Ching is abandoning the anchor desk to….spend more time with his family.
We know, you’ve heard that one before, ad nauseam.
But this time, it’s a very legitimate reason.
Ching’s son, Eli, was born prematurely last year and his wife, Stephanie, experienced complications related to the early birth, he said in a letter posted to the station’s website.
“Our son’s birth changed everything. It opened up a completely new life for me, a life I’ve fallen in love with,” Ching said. “When you think about death — and are faced with the very real possibility of losing the ones you love — it changes how you think about your own life. Taking that fact to heart has brought a sense of clarity and energy to the present. I know I’ve got this one opportunity to be present at a time when I’m needed most.”
There’s no arguing this decision.
Ching rejoined the TV station in November 2016 after a three-year break to be a lawyer and is co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast with Stephanie Lum.
He also anchored the 5 p.m. news between 2011 and 2013, prior to that break.
He’ll return to his law practice.