Following more than 16 years with CNN in Atlanta and 9-years with CNN’s affiliate network in Tokyo, Japan, Sachi Koto launched a communications, professional development and video production company – SKC, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia in July, 2005. Koto founded the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Awards (WWAAC Awards) in 2006, the only televised Asian Awards program across the country. In 2011, Koto founded the WWAAC Alliance Foundation.
As a 16-year veteran of CNN in Atlanta, Koto served as a news anchor for CNN Headline News based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta. During her tenure at CNN, Koto anchored for CNN Radio, CNN Airport Network, CNN International and CNN QuickCast. She also produced, wrote and anchored for Turner South.
Before joining CNN, Koto worked as an anchor for CNN’s Tokyo affiliate network – JCTV (Japan Cable Television) and for Nippon Hoso Kyoku (NHK) Radio, also in Tokyo. Previously, Koto was a reporter for WQXI radio station in Atlanta from 1974-1975 and for CNN affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta from 1975-1977.
Koto has received multiple honors and awards for her reporting and speaking engagements including – The Women Looking Ahead News Magazine’s 100s List of the Nation’s Most Powerful and Influential Women’s Award, the SCLC’s Heritage Award in Honor of Coretta Scott King, The National Star of Asia 2002 Award, “Honorary Texan Award” by Texas Governor Rick Perry, “Honorary Citizen Award” by Austin, Texas, Mayor Gus Garcia, and International Leadership Foundation Award. Koto was appointed as a member to the Asian-American Commission for a New Georgia by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, presented the Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage speakers award, Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta’s speakers award, Japanese American National Museum and The William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum speakers award, Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia Speakers award and the S.M.C.I. Jaycees Appreciation Award.
Koto is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Atlanta. Koto was the first Asian on-air talent in the Southeast and first Japanese American anchor on CNN.