Reporter Joel Iwanaga is a general assignment reporter for KOIN Local 6.
He joined the station in June 2001, and can be seen on the 11 p.m. news Monday through Friday.
Over the summer of 2001, Iwanaga provided sole live coverage of the massive forest fires in Oregon for two satellite news networks. His reports were aired coast-to-coast on CNN and the CBS News Network.
Before hitting the Rose City, Iwanaga was a reporter at WTVG-TV (ABC) in Toledo, Ohio. He began his career at KMID-TV (ABC) in Midland, Texas.
A Southern California native, Iwanaga graduated from the University of Southern California — a die-hard Trojan fan living among Ducks and Beavers!
Iwanaga is also an accomplished magician. Close-up magic is his specialty, making coins, cards and other small objects disappear before your eyes.
When he is not practicing his slight-of-hand, Iwanaga can be found at one of Portland’s authentic Sushi bars.