Jermel is a designer, photographer and writer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii she has been exposed to various cultures and has truly understood the uniqueness of the state’s ethnic blend. At a very young age, Jermel has always known that she wanted to work in the media business and became heavly involved in media programs that were offered at her middle and high school. Although she loved being a daily broadcast anchor for Moanalua High School’s daily bulletin, she also found it amusing and fun to be behind the camera as well. From creating shorts, animation to documentaries, Jermel fell in love with the endless possibilities that production offered her.
Jermel continued her education at Hawaii Pacific University where she did her undergraduate work both in visual communication and journalism under the university’s Journalism scholarship. She is currently in her master’s program at Hawaii Pacific University and is majoring in communication, law mediation. Jermel is an active member in various campus organizations such as the MA-COM club, the HPU Press club, and HPU PRSSA club to name a few. Jermel has also worked for the college’s newspaper Kalamalama, as a writer, designer, and section editor. Jermel’s academic work has earned her scholarships from Hawaii’s Association of Broadcasters (HAB) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), AAJA’s Sam Chu Lin grant, along with admittance into the Phi Sigma and Lamba Pi Eta Honor Society. She is also an active member of various professional organizations such as SPJ, Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) and International Assocation of Business Communicators (IABC).
Jermel has also worked with non-profit organizations such as the Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) and served as their 2005 reigning queen. She has also worked overseas with the OFCC alongside the Aloha Medical Mission by providing medical services to people in provinces and rural areas in the Philippines. She has also worked with PBS Hawaii in the production department, working with shows that ranged from educational to open discussion.
Wanting to work in the news industry, Jermel became an associate producer for ABC affiliate, KITV4 news. Working in a news station reaffirmed her that the news industry is where she belonged. At KITV she not only reported on stories but also edited, did web work and also created weather segments (both graphics and scripts) during the weekends. She later then became a produver for Hawaii News Now (HNN), Hawaii’s only news organization with multiple news station.
She currently is a writer, videographer and photographer for Honolulu Pulse, an EPPY nonminee that covers Hawaii’s large culture and nightlife scene. She joined the biggest Filipino television network, ABS-CBN as their Hawaii Correspondent reporter a couple years ago and also freelances for A&E’s show, Hoarders. You may also catch her on Hawaii’s local programing television channel, OC16 as on-camera talent for a television show called Pet Hui where she brings you Hawaii pet stories. She is also Hawaiian Mission House Historic Site and Archives’ Communication Director, managing it’s public relations and marketing aspects. Part-time, she also enlightens the minds of many aspiring young professionals by teaching communications and journalism at Hawaii Pacific University as a professor.