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 medicaldoctor, 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, meteorologist Lawrence Karnow, enjoy family time together with their daughter.
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The SPCA says about 6.5 million animals end up in shelters every year in the U.S., and about a quarter of them are euthanized. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner is trying to change those staggering numbers by keeping cats and dogs from ending up in local shelters.
Deep inside Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center, middle school kids are mixing up ingredients like water, dirt, and sand to create their very own model of a comet. But it’s not the mix that has these kids engaged and inspired: it’s their teacher, confirmed science geek Dan Stanton.
A Fairfield sister and brother who went on a vacation a few years ago came back with an idea for a nonprofit. What they created earned them this week’s Jefferson Award.
A Silicon Valley soup kitchen is reaching out to feed thousands more hungry people each year, thanks to a South Bay woman. Sharon Chin introduces us to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
For years, a Pacifica pastor has been serving food that fills the stomach and nourishes the spirit.
While most spelling competitions are for children, KPIX 5 recently checked out a contest held in Southern California where adults face off to prove their spelling prowess.
Spelling competitions have become so much more difficult, even past spelling bee national champions tell us they doubt if they would make the cut if they competed today.
With a little humor and a whole lot of dedication, Judy Wilkinson is once again heading up Oakland’s famed White Elephant Sale, a vast and varied shoppers’ paradise that for nearly 60 years, has supported the Oakland Museum of California.
Deep inside a supply closet at Oakland’s REACH Academy sit boxes of toiletry items, all donated by Ethan Auyeung. The Los Gatos High School freshman has been donating toothpaste, lotions, socks, wash clothes, colored pencils, and even snacks to REACH”s students for over a year.
A Bay Area man has seen firsthand in his own family the need small business owners could have for micro-loans.