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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Refugees from Burma can find it difficult to navigate life in the Bay Area. Without English skills, they often can’t drive, pay bills, find a doctor, or even call 911. Some say they would be lost without the compassion of this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
An East Bay man started serving those in need when John F Kennedy was president, and he has not stopped since.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner brings hope, happiness, and humor, whether she’s helping the elderly, foster children, or the developmentally disabled.
While riding home one day, a man picks up an old-fashioned sewing machine he found dumped in a trash heap. What he’s done with it the last 14 years makes him this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
It started with one lesson nearly 25 years ago. Today, many special needs children are discovering the joy of playing in a swimming pool, thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
Business is booming for pest eradication companies as the drought and the hot weather hitting the Bay Area has forced rats to come out of the woodwork in search of water.
In an East Oakland neighborhood, where some are even too scared to drive, there is a woman who has helped thousands of young people turn their lives around.
A cancer patient often has another concern: how to get to all those medical appointments. But that’s where this week’s Jefferson Award winner steps in. Sherry Higgs knows firsthand what it’s like to battle cancer. And she’s devoting her life to make sure patients get a ride.. and a friend.
A nine-way kidney transplant chain that began Thursday in San Francisco is set to finish on Friday. So far, doctors said there are no reports of complications and all of the patients are doing fine.
Combine African Americans, the outdoors, and social media, and what do you get? A non-profit this week’s Jefferson Award winner says cures a “nature deficit disorder.”