Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi: From tenement to football to TV to City Hall


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Rick Blangiardi is new to elected office but not leadership. After a long career as a television executive, he became mayor of Honolulu in January 2021. Yet Blangiardi’s road to City Hall began on the other side of the country, in a tenement in Cambridge, MA, where he says he was raised “in a household full of expectations.”

In this episode of The People’s People podcast, Blangiardi reflects on the twists and turns of a long career and the opportunities and ties that led him to move to Hawaii three separate times. He discusses the influence of his mother, his promise to his children and why the responsibilities of his current job are the most intense, and gratifying, of his professional life.

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