Christin Ayers


Christin Ayers is a general assignment reporter for KPIX 5 and profiles low-income, underserved Bay Area teenagers, continuing the series started by Wendy Tokuda, “Students Rising Above.”

Christin is also host of the public affairs program “Black Renaissance.”

She is a fifth-generation Californian. Christin earned her Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and her Masters from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

She studied literature and media at Oxford University in England. Christin started her journalism career in Missoula, Montana and later worked in Denver before coming back to the Bay Area.

Christin’s notable stories include coverage of Bay Area families affected by sex trafficking, broken surveillance cameras in local parks and the Oakland Police Department’s de-escalation policies. Her most memorable interview was with Barack Obama.

Christin loves reading, wine-tasting, traveling, and trying new restaurants. She and her husband live in the East Bay.


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Dodgers at A's

Red-Hot A’s Plead With Fans To Fill Up Oakland Coliseum

The A’s are battling for a spot in the playoffs while fighting to fill thousands of empty seats.


Contra Costa County Assessor Denies Accusations Of Harassment

The Contra Costa County Assessor accused of sexual harassment fired back Monday night, denying the allegations and claiming the scrutiny was all a witch hunt.


From Foster Care To Physics Grad; UC Berkeley Scholar Beats Odds

As a young student, David Colby was told by a social worker he would never experience this kind of success.


Oakland’s Symbolic ‘Love Life’ Welcome Sign Stolen

The father who fought for years to put up the “Love Life” sign that welcomed visitors to Oakland is desperate to get it back after it was stolen.


Warriors’ Curry Pays Special Tribute To Nia Wilson At Showcase Game

Warriors all-star Stephen Curry paid a special tribute Tuesday night in San Francisco to the young Oakland woman who was stabbed to death on a BART platform.


Oakland Scholar Molds Middle Schoolers After Overcoming Own Teen Challenges

Anyone who has spent any time in a classroom filled with 13-year-olds can tell you, it can be a challenge. But for this week’s Students Rising Above Scholar Sabrina Villanueva Avalos, mentoring middle schoolers a dream job that she was made for.


New Evidence In Oakland Hit-And-Run That Killed Woman’s Unborn Child

New evidence has been discovered in a hit-and-run case that resulted in the death of a pregnant woman’s unborn child in Oakland last August.


Oakland Scholar Eyes College After Challenging Childhood

Tahunni Rhoades is eyeing her future and it looks pretty bright. The Oakland High School graduate is headed to University of California, Merced in the fall to study biology.


Bay Area Scholar Becomes World Traveler

During her childhood, Brenda Vasquez never thought she’d go to college let alone become a world traveler. But in just two years she has hopscotched across more countries that many people will visit in a lifetime.


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Museum Remembers The Brutal Struggle For Racial Equality In America

As former KPIX anchor Dana King stared at the statue of her great grandmother outside the new National Museum For Peace & Justice tears came to her eyes.


UC Berkeley Graduation Is Latest Success For Former Refugee From Thailand

During his childhood, Tommy Saephan’s immigrant family struggled to make their way in America. Now, he and his family are celebrating his emergence as a top scholar and UC Berkeley graduate.


Teen Turns From Tragedy, Substance Abuse Into Family Success Story

A Bay Area student was in a downward spiral following a family tragedy. She turned it around after applying for and getting a scholarship through the Students Rising Above program.


Golden State Warriors Advance; Win Game 5 Against Spurs

The Golden State Warriors won Game 5 against the Antonio Spurs. Their failure to sweep the series paid off in ticket sales and more.


College Grad’s Networking Pays Off With Job Referral, Hiring

A Bay Area college grad learned the power of networking when she landed her first job with the help of a fellow Students Rising Above alumnus.


Mayor Schaaf Says Councilwoman Dubbed ‘Trump of Oakland’ Must Go

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf claims Councilmember Desley Brooks has “been nicknamed the Donald Trump of Oakland…has engaged in unethical and abusive behavior” and “infected the civility of the council chambers.”

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/13/2018

Trump-Friendly Billboard Vandalized In San Jose

An electronic billboard with Trump-friendly slogans positioned next to a pro-Trump sign in San Jose was riddled with holes.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/10/2018

Students Rising Above gala, March 22, 2018 (CBS)

SF Gala Celebrates Students Achieving College Dreams Against All Odds

Past and present Students Rising Above scholars gathered to celebrate an organization that has helped 750 students achieve their college dreams.


Some Bay Area Police Chiefs Protest Restrictions On Use Of Lethal Force

Some Bay Area police chiefs joined together to push back against legislation that aims to restrict when officers can use lethal force.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/09/2018

Oakland Grad Helps Maintain Family Ice Cream Business Amid Budding Finance Career

On campus, Evelyn Montiel was an A-student and class president. But at home she was in survival mode, working long nights at the ice cream stand, fighting to keep her family’s business alive.


Black Panther Film Inspires Disney To Support Oakland Youth

The success of Marvel’s Black Panther film will have a lasting effect in Oakland.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/27/2018

East Bay Kennel Tight-Lipped After Woman’s Dog Mauled By Pitbull

A Bay Area woman is demanding answers after she claims her dog was seriously injured while staying at an East Bay kennel, and no one will tell her what really happened.


Oakland Putting Up Storage Sheds As Temporary Solution For Homeless Crisis

Oakland city leaders have come up with a constructive, temporary fix for the homeless crisis in that city. They are putting up experimental shelters in the form of storage sheds.


Oakland Restaurant Owner Accused Of Child Sex Abuse Is On The Run

The owner of an Oakland restaurant is on the lam after a judge ordered him to pay $2.5 million to an alleged victim.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/08/2017

Internal Affairs Complaint Alleges Oakland Police Chief Untruthful About ICE Raid

Oakland’s police chief is accused of not telling the truth about a recent immigration raid.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/06/2017

San Francisco Health Club Bars Member After He Reports Sexual Assault

A man claims he was sexually assaulted at a San Francisco health club, which then tried to cover it up by canceling his membership after he called police.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/23/2017

BART panhandling

For Some BART Panhandlers, Begging Is Their Job

If you commute on BART, you’ve likely seen them – baby strapped to their chests, approaching riders with a cardboard sign, such as: “No job, 4 kids, please help for food.”

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/25/2017

California’s Tree Die-Off Gives Life To New Business

In the Sierra National Forest, there are more dead trees than live ones. And figuring out what do with them is a towering task.


UC Berkeley Prepares To Host Ultra-Conservative ‘Free Speech Week’

‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley is just days away and it’s still unclear who all will be speaking on campus.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/20/2017

Documentary Film ‘The Force’ Centers On Oakland Police Sex Scandal

A new documentary centers in on Oakland’s troubled police department.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/12/2017

Former Slave’s Dream Of Freedom Lives On In Central California Town

A former slave settled a California town where his dream of freedom would become a reality. The place still exists. It’s called Allensworth.


A Former Slave’s Dream Of Freedom Lives On In Allensworth, California

A former slave who settled a California town where his dream of freedom would become a reality. The place still exists. It’s called Allensworth.


Authorities Cracking Down On Woman Breeding Hundreds Of Exotic Birds

A Bay Area woman who’s been breeding hundreds of exotic birds in her backyard gets an ultimatum.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/27/2017

VA Director Apologizes For Offensive Comments About Sexual Harassment

After our investigation, a VA director is apologizing for offensive comments he made about workplace sexual harassment allegations.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/02/2017

Farmer Jim Diedrich digs to check soil moisture on some 600 acres of his farmland which will not be planted this season due to lack of water, in Firebaugh, California in the state's San Joaquin Valley, on March 11, 2009. Normally Diedrich and his son would plant tomatoes in their fields but California's third year of drought have left many farmers without enough water to grow their crops. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

California Farmer Sues Oil Companies For Allegedly Contaminating Water Supply, Killing Crops

A California farmer’s irrigation water contained the very same salty compounds found in wastewater produced by dozens of nearby oil wells.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/01/2017

Feces Smeared On East Bay Restaurant That Supports Immigrants, Sanctuary Cities

A Bay Area restaurant that publicized its support for immigrants and sanctuary city policies was targeted in a vandalism attack using feces.


Lawrence Livermore Lab Puts Declassified Nuclear Test Films On YouTube

Once-classified films of nuclear tests are now posted to YouTube.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/20/2017

Vallejo Planning Commission Votes Against Allowing New Cement Plant

Vallejo’s Planning Commission decided not to allow a massive cement plant proposed at the edge of the Napa River in south Vallejo.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/06/2017

ghost ship fire debris KPIX

Battle Over Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Debris

Months after the deadly Ghost Ship Warehouse fire claimed 36 lives, the mounds of charred furniture, musical instruments, bicycles and building material deposited in San Leandro along the San Francisco Bay has become a source for concern.


Oakland Promise Students

Oakland Student Project Targets College Success

Kindergartner Stephon Stubbs may not understand it yet, but he’s already got money in the bank for his college education.


California Illegally Allowed Oil Companies To Inject Wastewater In Protected Waters, Audit Finds

Hundreds of oilfield wastewater wells shut down after audit finds California illegally let companies inject wastewater in protected waters.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/14/2017