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.
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A Newark quilters group helps survivors of the North Bay fires, who in many cases have lost everything, by giving them personal quilts to help keep them warm.
The brother of John Travolta, Joey Travolta, has made his life’s work introducing students living with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the filmmaking industry at summer camps nationwide, including in the Bay Area.
When he was just 8 years old, Durell Coleman told his mother he was going to be an inventor who would head up his own company. Today, the Oakland man has not only achieved his goal, he is now teaching teenagers how to create their own products to make others’ lives better.
When Sherri Young graduated from the American Conservatory of Theater in the 1990s, there weren’t very many roles for African Americans like her, so this week’s Jefferson Award winner launched her own theater company.
This week’s Jefferson Award winners make tacos the “meat” of their fundraising program. And so far, they’ve generated more than a million dollars for cash-strapped public schools.
Stan Dodson founded Park Patrol, a volunteer program within his non-profit “Oakland Trails” to maintain Oakland’s three wildland parks.
A woman who has dedicated her life to helping mental health patients with their ongoing needs has been honored by Santa Clara County.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner is unleashing the power of music to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
Statistics show that 85% of young people in juvenile hall are functionally illiterate. But they are far less likely to commit another crime if they get the kind of support that comes from this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
The SPCA says about 6.5 million animals end up in shelters every year in the U.S., and about a quarter of them are euthanized. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner is trying to change those staggering numbers by keeping cats and dogs from ending up in local shelters.