Maui Business

Malika Dudley Hired as Chief Meteorologist

October 15, 2014, 6:04 PM HST
* Updated October 16, 5:05 PM
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Malika Dudley.

Malika Dudley. PC: Jayson Tanega

By Maui Now Staff

Maui Now and Big Island Now are pleased to announce a new addition of Malika Dudley to our news team as the Chief Meteorologist for both online publications.

“Malika’s diverse background and industry knowledge is a tremendous asset,” said Chuck Bergson, president and CEO of Pacific Media Group.  “Her multi-media talents are a welcome fit for the growth and direction of Pacific Media Group.”

Bergson continued saying her contributions come at a key time as Maui and the state prepare for the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Ana.

“For nearly a year now, I’ve volunteered my time as Chief Meteorologist for MAUIWatch. I’m very excited to join the team at Pacific Media Group and take it a step further by covering weather events not only for Maui but for the Island of Hawaiʻi as well.”

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Malika was born and raised in Pāpaʻikou on the Hāmākua coast of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. She is a graduate of Hilo High School and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she was a regent scholar. Malika also attended Mississippi State University where she earned her certification in meteorology.

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During her time as weekend meteorologist and reporter for KGMB9 and Hawaiʻi News Now, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and was a regional winner of the prestigious Edward R Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaiʻi’s tsunami damage in 2011.

Malika Dudley (left) with her husband Kaimi Judd and their 2-year-old son Jackson.

Malika Dudley (left) with her husband Kaimi Judd and their 2-year-old son Jackson.

“I’ve been in the industry for seven years and I hope that the Maui Now and Big Island Now community will trust me to help keep them safe and informed when severe weather strikes. It’s a great responsibility but I’m up for the challenge,” she said.

Malika will be contributing to MauiNow.com, BigIslandNow.com and participating Pacific Media Group radio stations.

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Aside from her past employment, Malika is a former Miss Hawaiʻi and was named Miss Congeniality at the 2006 Miss America competition. She is a black belt in karate, avid waterwoman, a jewelry designer, singer and mommy blogger. Malika lives in Kīhei, Maui with her husband Kaimi Judd and their 2-year-old son Jackson.

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