TJ Horgan

Growing up, I bounced around from football practice to dress rehearsals. My lifelong enthusiasm for both sports and theater undoubtedly contributed to my affinity for wide-ranging coverage today.

You can find me on KITV4 Island News, ABC’s Honolulu affiliate, but I took a winding path to get here and never once did I think I’d get lucky enough to make a living reporting in Hawaii.

Thanks to my first broadcasting mentor, Jimmy Young, my career began at age 14. I reported for “K Sports Sunday” on the New England Sports Network, where I reported from Fenway Park, anchored a weekly talk show and interviewed Boston legends such as Rob Gronkowski and Jason Varitek, among others.

While at Burlington High School I pioneered much of the live coverage of BHS Red Devils athletics. Outside of the sports realm, I was active in news and political reporting. I was awarded first place in the “Dear Governor” video contest by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. I was also the captain of BHS’s improv comedy troupe

I attended Ithaca College as a Park Scholar, a merit-based, full-ride scholarship given to roughly ten incoming freshman per year. My experience in the Park Scholar Program defined my passion for service and community-based reporting. At IC I continued to bolster my passion for telling stories, be they news, sports or anything in between.

From 2015-2019 I was a tutor for incarcerated youth at the MacCormick Secure Center in Brooktondale, New York, a high-security facility for boys convicted of violent crimes before the age of 16.

In 2017 I began working for ABC/CBS affiliate WENY-TV in Elmira, NY as a news and sports multimedia journalist and fill-in anchor. On Friday nights, you could find me as a one-man-band, bouncing around to football field across the Twin Tiers. Covering the NASCAR Cup Series at “The Glen” also produced some memorable stories.

My first appearance on KITV4 came just three days after starting in 2019, reporting live breaking news from the scene of the deadliest civilian plane crash in nearly ten years. Since then, I have covered college bowl games, various surf events, crime chases, the COVID-19 pandemic, local/national politics and everything in between.

I take pride in my community-based, people-first philosophy as a journalist. Take a look around my site, and don’t hesitate to reach out through one of my social media accounts!