Vanessa Kaneshiro was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She graduated with honors from the Kamehameha Schools High School and received her B.A. from the University of Washington with a dual major in English and Psychology.  She also spent her junior year abroad, attending The University of Melbourne in Australia.  She received her Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Documentary Film from the University of California at BerkeleyHer master’s thesis film Talk to Me is currently in distribution.

Vanessa has a wide range of media experience.  In Seattle, she was a radio intern and reporter at NPR affiliate KPLU News, and an Associate Producer at KCTS/PBS Seattle Television.  In New York, she was a Production Assistant on MTV Film’s Tupac: Resurrection, and later, an Executive Assistant in the MTV News and Documentary Department.  Expanding on her graduate school editing training, she received her Apple Certified Pro certificate in Final Cut.  She then worked as an editor at MLB.com, Magnet Media, and Vh1She spent three years at TIME Magazine as a Senior Video Producer where she shot, produced, and edited original video for TIME’s website, TIME.com, and its iPad applicationIn 2010, she moved to Los Angeles and produced web video as a freelance journalist for newspapers, magazines, radio stations, other media outlets and non-profit organizations.

Vanessa moved home to Hawaii and opened VK Productions, LLC in 2012.  As an independent contractor, she shoots, produces, and edits video for magazines and newspapers.  Some of her current clients include HONOLULU Magazine, Hawaii Business Magazine, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street JournalShe also works as a video producer and consultant for local businesses – helping them add video to their websites, social networking sites, and mobile applications.