Denise Nakano joined NBC 10 as a weekend anchor in 2003. In October 2006, Nakano began anchoring for PHL17 News at 10 (powered by NBC 10). She is currently anchoring the weekend evenings on NBC 10 News and PHL17, as well as reporting during the week.
Prior to joining NBC 10, Nakano was a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor at KCPQ-TV in Seattle, Washington.
Nakano’s on-air television career began in 1997 at KHSL-TV in Chico, California, where she was an anchor/reporter/producer. From there, she headed east to WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, where she worked as an anchor/reporter.
Before she began anchoring, Nakano was an assignment desk assistant for KXTV in Sacramento, California, and a radio news anchor at KJAX in Stockton, California. Nakano grew up in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She also minored in Political Science.
Nakano is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association and previously served as a National Board Representative of AAJA.
When not covering the news, Nakano, a certified scuba diver, enjoys scuba diving in tropical waters, making jewelry, and spending time with her family. She also completed the 2002 Seattle Marathon. Nakano and her husband Ernie, a psychologist at a local university, reside in the Philadelphia area with their two sons.