Rob was born on July 4th in Torrance, California. He was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his family relocated when he was three years old. Rob attended Mid-Pacific Institute, a private high school in Honolulu, and graduated in 1984. He attended the University of La Verne in Southern California and earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in radio and television in 1988. While at La Verne, Rob was chosen the university's Broadcaster of the Year in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He also won several awards from the Southern California Broadcast Journalism Society.
Rob worked for the Top 40 radio station KXPW in Hawaii. In 1989, Rob began working part-time for KITV in Honolulu doing sports reporting. He eventually got a full-time slot in late 1989, working as the station's weekday sports reporter and weekend anchor. One of his more memorable assignments at KITV was an award-winning hour-long special on Sumo in Japan. The broadcast featured the three top-ranked wrestlers from Hawaii, including Grand Champion Akebono and Grand Champion Musashimaru.
Rob joined ABC7 in 1994. He was the first male Japanese-American TV anchor in Los Angeles local TV News.
Since joining ABC7, Rob has done a great deal of work for the community, hosting charity events and emceeing benefit dinners. In 1997, Rob - along with his friends and family - founded the Heads Up Youth Foundation, of which Rob is the chairman. The goal of the foundation is to assist disadvantaged youths in the Southland through sports programs.
Rob's interests include music and singing, and he often uses that passion in his work. He has written and recorded tributes for legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and former Dodgers star Raul Mondesi.
ABC7 Broadcast Center
Attn: Rob Fukuzaki
500 Circle Seven Drive
Glendale, CA 91201