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.
To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Monifa, Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.
NEWARK (KPIX 5) Life can be quiet and lonely for people who are deaf. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner is opening doors to a brighter, fuller world. Imelda Rivas has seen a transformation in […]
Do your allergies seem worse this year? You’re not imagining it, and recent wet weather is playing a role.
REDWOOD CITY (KPIX 5) Remember Smurf, the abused purple kitten? He recovered from his injuries and has a new adoptive home because of a Redwood City animal shelter. Its founder is this week’s Jefferson Award […]
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) This week’s Jefferson Award winner is a San Francisco high student who has a lot to teach when it comes to kids who feel left out at school. In fact, she […]
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Marlai Ouch was a teenager when she and her family escaped the brutality of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge in the 1980s. She started a new life in San Francisco, but realized something […]
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) She is a Navy veteran who returned home to Oakland, and realized she could really make a difference among at-risk children. What she did next shows why she is this week’s Jefferson […]
A San Jose activist promises free weed if you help legalize recreational marijuana use in California.
MENLO PARK (KPIX 5) He wanted to be a pro football player and a rock star. But then a debilitating injury sparked a new life of community service. People often come to Gary Riekes wanting […]
Broncos rookie safety Ryan Murphy is being sent back to Denver after being questioned by San Jose police during a prostitution sting, according to a statement by the team’s coach.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Research shows childhood trauma can lead to lifelong health problems. That’s why a Bay Area doctor is creating a national model of care Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is revolutionizing pediatric medicine […]