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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Wanda Tapia-Thomsen co-founded Latino Service Providers to answer the needs of the growing Latino community in Sonoma County.
Armed with a pair of scissors and a smile, East Bay hair stylist Rebecca Beardsley has found her own way of sharing compassion with others.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner Ruth Patrick has dedicated her life to helping domestic violence survivors in a community where some might not think it would occur: Silicon Valley.
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.
Deep inside Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center, middle school kids are mixing up ingredients like water, dirt, and sand to create their very own model of a comet. But it’s not the mix that has these kids engaged and inspired: it’s their teacher, confirmed science geek Dan Stanton.
A Fairfield sister and brother who went on a vacation a few years ago came back with an idea for a nonprofit. What they created earned them this week’s Jefferson Award.
A Silicon Valley soup kitchen is reaching out to feed thousands more hungry people each year, thanks to a South Bay woman. Sharon Chin introduces us to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
For years, a Pacifica pastor has been serving food that fills the stomach and nourishes the spirit.
While most spelling competitions are for children, KPIX 5 recently checked out a contest held in Southern California where adults face off to prove their spelling prowess.
Spelling competitions have become so much more difficult, even past spelling bee national champions tell us they doubt if they would make the cut if they competed today.
With a little humor and a whole lot of dedication, Judy Wilkinson is once again heading up Oakland’s famed White Elephant Sale, a vast and varied shoppers’ paradise that for nearly 60 years, has supported the Oakland Museum of California.
Deep inside a supply closet at Oakland’s REACH Academy sit boxes of toiletry items, all donated by Ethan Auyeung. The Los Gatos High School freshman has been donating toothpaste, lotions, socks, wash clothes, colored pencils, and even snacks to REACH”s students for over a year.
A Bay Area man has seen firsthand in his own family the need small business owners could have for micro-loans.
Several at-risk high school seniors on the Peninsula were shocked to learn last week that Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has offered to foot the bill for the first year of their college education.
Teenager Rushil Kapadia was shocked to find that even in Silicon Valley, many students do not get any exposure to gaming, coding or programming until high school or even college. So he did something about it.
Homeless and low-income residents have come to rely on the Pacifica Resource Center, and its Executive Director has spearheaded its growth over many years.
Youth Impact Hub Oakland is an incubator where young people aged 18-24 find mentors, small business training, and seed funding to launch businesses that solve a community problem.
Despite police efforts to prevent auto burglaries, San Francisco is dealing with a car break-in epidemic.
Catherine Ndungu-Case brings a taste of African culture to Bay Area schools through music, dance, and play.
Some people are going through such difficult times, they can’t imagine it’s possible for them to take a beautiful photo. But that’s when this week’s Jefferson Award winner works her magic.
So you’ve made your way to the Thanksgiving table. How will you navigate through the dinner conversation?
With an alarmingly high number of truant students in Alameda County, officials are taking a tough-love approach toward parents whose kids miss too many school days.
It’s not easy to feel you look your best during chemotherapy. But salon owner and stylist Stephan Wakefield is changing that for Bay Area cancer survivors.
Nuclear saber-rattling between the U.S. and North Korea has prompted many people to think about what to do in case of a nuclear explosion.
With North Korea threatening a nuclear strike all the way to the United States, a homegrown bomb shelter industry is exploding.
For more than three decades, a San Francisco social worker has distributed 200,000 teddy bears to kids facing all types of trauma, everything from abuse and neglect to the ravages of war.
An East Bay woman who reaped the benefits of having been mentored as a teen has now made it her mission to encourage and inspire girls through her own mentoring.
Cartoonist Brian Fies wrote a comic strip entitled ‘On Monday, My House Disappeared” about losing his family’s home in the Santa Rosa wildfire.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner is inspiring women and girls to believe in themselves — and it starts with a simple gift and a special message.
Genentech spent nearly $8 million to build a biotech lab at South San Francisco High School with the goal to get kids excited about STEM fields.
He’s a good friend to hundreds of senior citizens in South San Jose, helping them get rid of what’s too toxic to trash.