Akiko Fujita is the co-host of CNBC’s flagship morning program Squawk Box. Squawk Box sets the news agenda in the region every day, bringing viewers news and views from the top CEOs, asset managers and newsmakers as Asian markets open for trade. Based in Hong Kong, Akiko also covers Asia-Pacific business including the Japanese market and the tech industry, for CNBC.com.
With more than a decade of experience, Akiko has covered some of the biggest stories across Asia and the U.S. Prior to joining CNBC, Akiko was a Tokyo-based correspondent for ABC News, where she led network coverage of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. She also traveled across East Asia, reporting on everything from the conflict on the Korean Peninsula to Edward Snowden. Prior to her stint in Asia, she spent nearly five years in the Pacific Northwest as a general assignment reporter for KOMO-TV and NorthWest Cable News in Seattle. She began her career in the small town of Pocatello, Idaho.
A Los Angeles native, Akiko is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations. She is fluent in Japanese.