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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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.


Memorial to peace and justice kpix

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.

CBS San Francisco–04/24/2018

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