Sharon Chin is a general assignment reporter who also profiles Jefferson Award winners for KPIX 5 Eyewitness News. Since she joined KPIX 5 in 1997, Chin has reported everything from fires to features, from politics to perspective pieces, but she feels a special sense of pride bringing viewers the stories of Jefferson Award winners. She herself feels inspired as she shares the stories of our community’s heroes.
Chin admits she didn’t always want to be a reporter. She aspired to become a medical doctor, then realized she couldn’t stand the sight of blood! Just hours after she graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco, she took an internship at an Asian American weekly newspaper and caught the news bug.
She landed her first job shooting, writing and producing her own stories at KTVL-TV in Medford, Oregon. Her very first report was a live shot in front of the damaged Bay Bridge the day after the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989.
In 1992, she returned to her native California to report and anchor weekends for KSBW-TV in Salinas. Before coming to KPIX 5, Sharon freelanced as a technology reporter for KICU’s Silicon Valley Business show, and ZDTV News.
She received a 1997 Northern California Emmy award for a feature on the late Charlie Wedemeyer, the former Los Gatos football coach with Lou Gehrig’s disease who couldn’t walk or speak, but whose courage inspired others. Over the years, Sharon has also been honored with awards that include Reporter of the Year from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California, and Best Newswriting and Best Investigative Story from the Oregon Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Chin earned her bachelor degree in political science from UC Berkeley and master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. She mentors young journalists as a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Chin and her husband, KPIX 5 Meteorologist Lawrence Karnow, enjoy family time together with their daughter.
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One in ten elementary and middle school students are learning how to code, and thousands of instructors are learning how to teach programming, because of twin brothers with a single vision.
A school volunteer and Ph.D. saw that elementary schools were missing something in their science classes. So she jumped in, and brought a few scientific friends with her.
An estimated 400 to 500 people living in East Oakland are refugees who’ve fled political oppression in Burma, the southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar. And they’re navigating their way in a whole new culture, thanks to the kindness of a soft-spoken, unassuming pediatrician who is this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
It’s a talk few people would initiate on their own. But thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner, it’s a conversation more and more people are having these days.
Quilting started as a hobby for a retired San Francisco woman, but in just a few years, it’s become the center of a whole network of community giving.
Some call him the Santa Claus of the San Leandro schools’ music program. If teachers and students need something, he finds a way to grant their wish, making him this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.
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It’s a one-of-a-kind holiday lights spectacular in the East Bay — amazing not just because of the show, but the man behind it: this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner is a champion of students who are overcoming great obstacles. Gail Diserens volunteers behind the scenes. She helps students realize their dreams of graduating from college, so they can give back to their community.
He’s helped hundreds of Oakland students go on to college, but this week’s Jefferson Award winner says most of the work happened outside of the classroom.