Sharon Chin

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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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Shakti Butler at a recent workshop in Oakland. (CBS)

Founder Of Oakland Nonprofit Eases Difficult Discussions About Race

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.

02/25/2015

Liinda Hannawalt at work at QuiltWorks.

Jefferson Award Winner Comforts Foster Children With Handmade Gifts

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.

02/11/2015

Rick Richards addresses the percussion students at Bancroft Middle School. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner ‘Keeps Music Rockin” For San Leandro Schools

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.

01/28/2015

Vicki Goss (left) and Susi Folks prepare ChemoCare Bags for patients. (CBS)

‘Bag Ladies’ Cheer Cancer Patients With Little Comforts

They call themselves “the bag ladies” or “the two little old ladies from Livermore.” But the nicknames don’t begin to describe the powerful way this week’s Jefferson Award winners touch the lives of cancer patients.

01/07/2015

Jeffrey Holmes prepares to start his holiday light show at his family's home in Clayton. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Lights Up The Holidays To Help A Neighbor

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.

12/24/2014

Gail Diserens welcomes Nick Lyons for a visit. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Puts Students On Track To College Success

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.

12/10/2014

Jeff Duncan-Andrade instructs students at San Francisco State University. (CBS)

Students Thrive With Jefferson Award Winner’s Constant Support

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.

11/26/2014

Demetrius Shelton speaks to students at Castlemont High School in Oakland. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Equips Teenagers With Knowledge For Adulthood

What freedoms and responsibilities do you have when you become an adult? That’s what this Jefferson Award winner is teaching young African Americans.

11/12/2014

Isaias Franco running with Tamalpais High School students Running 4 Change. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Inspires Students Running For Change

A group of North Bay students weren’t coming to school, and if they did, they were late and didn’t pay much attention in class. But this
week’s Jefferson Award winner changed everything.

10/29/2014

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Bay Area Judge Explains Your Rights If Police Want To Search Your Cellphone

As a California Highway Patrol officer faces accusations of stealing nude photos from a DUI suspect, what are your rights if you are pulled over?

10/24/2014

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