The Emmy-award winning reporter also showcases Oakland Unified School District student voices. A proud product of Oakland’s public schools, Sherry supervises and produces stories for ONews-The Voice of Oakland Students, a student-built website for, by and about students. She’s also a member of the Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) team at the school district television station, KDOL. There, students learn video production, create their own newscast, work on paid projects and also get a big dose of life skills to prepare them for college and career.
Sherry has more than three decades of media experience and life knowledge to inspire young people. Her journey in broadcasting began at the UC Berkeley radio station. It was her burning desire to air real stories about the Asian American community and shatter stereotypes.
After several years in radio, Sherry made the move to television news in 1978, when she landed a job as the News Director’s secretary at KPIX 5. It wasn’t all that long before she moved from behind the camera to on-camera as a reporter, then later anchor and multi-media journalist. She retired after 32 years working with the best in the business.
Throughout her career, Sherry has thrived on uncovering stories and news of people – here in the Bay Area, especially Oakland, across the country and around the world.
Her work has earned recognition with an Emmy award and several nominations, as well as first-place awards from APTRA, RTNDA, the Peninsula Press Club and the California Bar Association. The Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute honored her as a distinguished alumnus. Her peers voted her into the San Francisco/Northern California National Academy of Television Arts & Science (NATAS) Silver Circle. And in 2015, Sherry was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame.
An Oakland native and a Cal grad, Sherry volunteers as a mentor, tutor – and emcee or moderator for non-profit fundraisers, civic events and political debates.
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.
This new year is filled with anticipation. In the fall, these Class of 2018 Students Rising Above scholars will begin a new chapter: college.
A Marin County student saddled with responsibilities far beyond other kids her age is not letting her demanding circumstances detract from achieving academic success.
A Bay Area woman has come full circle from her beginnings in poverty in East Palo Alto, to graduating from Yale, and back to her hometown to help others like herself.
Tragedy and heartache have frequently been a part of an Oakland student’s upbringing, but it hasn’t stopped him from becoming a scholar on his way to a college degree.
Teenagers trying to land their first job face a challenge when it comes to putting together a resume, but who better to teach summer interns about cover letters and resumes than a fellow student?
Life is full of tough questions. But for Students Rising Above alum, Songnhi Tran, the question of where to go to college wasn’t one of them.
A Student Rising Above alum’s mother struggled to raise three sons as a single mom. Her struggle is motivation for this college intern at CBS Interactive.
The journey to this day began a decade ago. Brenda Valadez came to live with her grandparents in the Bay Area to escape relentless bullying. Her father, a single parent, stayed behind in their small hometown in Mexico.
This year’s Students Rising Above seniors’ next goal is in sight – becoming the first in their families to graduate from college.
Jevontae Paul wants to be remembered and known by future generations of Oakland students as a role model.