Three join news, sports staffs

The Maui News welcomes three new members to its news and sports staffs.

* Rich Van Scoy, 53, is handling Community page submissions, writing feature stories and designing news pages. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he has worked as a staff writer and editor for newspapers in Connecticut and Hawaii. Before accepting a position in the news department of The Maui News, Van Scoy served as special sections editor for the newspaper. He resides in Kula with his wife, Annette, and has two children, John, 17, and Amanda, 22.

* Kyle Sakamoto, 38, has joined the sports staff as a reporter and page designer. He earned a print journalism degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining The Maui News, Sakamoto worked in the sports departments of The Honolulu Advertiser and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He resides in Wailuku.

* Chris Sugidono, 22, is a reporter in both the news and sports departments. He also is taking photos and producing videos for the paper. A Kahului resident, Sugidono graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon last spring. At the university, he was a cameraman for the Athletic Department’s live streaming of baseball and softball games. He continued working with the university by taking photos of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field on the campus. Originally from Torrance, Calif., he moved to the Valley Isle in 2004 and graduated from Seabury Hall in 2008.