KING5 co-anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder Lori Matsukawa was inducted earlier this month in the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Silver Circle includes a group of standout media professionals who have started their careers at least 25 years ago and have made a significant contribution to both the television industry and their communities.

Lori’s contributions for AAJA Seattle and the Asian American journalist community are numerous, according to AAJA Seattle, having “mentored countless young journalists who are now in successful careers of their own. She played an instrumental role in the launch of the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, which has helped fund the journalism studies of more than 130 students since its inception in 1986.”

When aspiring journalists ask me what it takes to be a journalist — the answer doesn’t involve what apps you use (though that helps) or how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter (though that helps, too). Rather, what it takes — is entirely within yourself.  Your attitude, your determination, your willingness to try and try again.

Matsukawa was the keynote speaker at the annual Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception.

“When aspiring journalists ask me what it takes to be a journalist, the answer doesn’t involve what apps you use (though that helps) or how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter (though that helps, too),” Matsukawa said at the event. “Rather, what it takes is entirely within yourself.  Your attitude, your determination, your willingness to try and try again.”

Matsukawa and the other Silver and Gold Circle inductees were recognized during the 2014 Northwest Emmy Awards.

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