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NESN hires Funayama

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  August 7, 2008 11:32 AM

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Naoko Funayama, formerly of WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., has been hired by NESN to replace Rob Simpson as Bruins reporter. Funayama will join Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley as NESN's on-air team. Kathryn Tappen will continue to host pre-game, intermission, and post-game coverage with a rotating team of analysts.

Funayama has been a NESN freelance contributor on Red Sox coverage. Funayama has spent the last four years with WMUR.

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