Sharon Chin


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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‘Latino Service Providers’ Answers Needs Of A Growing Community

Wanda Tapia-Thomsen co-founded Latino Service Providers to answer the needs of the growing Latino community in Sonoma County.


Haircuts With Heart Offers Free Trims To Those In Need

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.


WomenSV Supports Survivors Of Domestic Violence In Silicon Valley

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.


Newark Group Gives Warm, Personal Quilts To North Bay Fire Survivors

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.


Joey Travolta, John’s Brother, Empowers Special Need Students With Filmmaking

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.


Teenagers Create Solutions To Improve Others’ Lives Through Design The Future

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.


African American Shakespeare Company Reimagines Classic Plays For Black Actors

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.


Tacolicious School Project Funds Cash-Strapped Public Schools

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.


Volunteer Park Patrol Maintains Oakland’s Wildland Parks

Stan Dodson founded Park Patrol, a volunteer program within his non-profit “Oakland Trails” to maintain Oakland’s three wildland parks.


San Jose Social Worker Honored For Decades Of Service

A woman who has dedicated her life to helping mental health patients with their ongoing needs has been honored by Santa Clara County.


Music Therapy Program Empowers The Developmentally Disabled

This week’s Jefferson Award winner is unleashing the power of music to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.


‘Write To Read’ Program At Camp Sweeney Helps Young People Re-Engage With Education

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.


Furry Friends Pet Relief Keeps Animals Out Of East Bay Shelters

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.


Champions of Science Program Sparks Curiosity In Oakland Students

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.


Fairfield-Based ‘Para Ti Global’ Supports Children In Need Around the World

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.


Soup Kitchen Feeds Thousands Across The South Bay And Beyond

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.


Pacifica Pastor Serves Weekly Meal To Those In Need

For years, a Pacifica pastor has been serving food that fills the stomach and nourishes the spirit.


Adults Face Off In Long-Running SoCal Spelling Competition

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.


Prior Spelling Bee Champs Try Their Hand At Current Competition

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.


White Elephant Sale Helps Fund Oakland Museum

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.


South Bay Teenager Donates Care Packages To Homeless Youth

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.


Bay Area Man’s Opportunity Fund Giving Small Businesses A Leg Up

A Bay Area man has seen firsthand in his own family the need small business owners could have for micro-loans.


Warriors’ Durant to Pay First Year Tuition for 4 East Palo Alto HS Seniors

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.


Nonprofit Teaches Kids To Code For Free

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.


Pacifica Resource Center Serves City’s Homeless And Low-Income Residents

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.


Oakland Non-Profit Mentors Young Entrepreneurs

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.


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Car Break-Ins Increase On The Streets Of San Francisco

Despite police efforts to prevent auto burglaries, San Francisco is dealing with a car break-in epidemic.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/28/2017

Kenyan Native Brings Taste Of Africa To Bay Area Children

Catherine Ndungu-Case brings a taste of African culture to Bay Area schools through music, dance, and play.


Photographer Captures Precious Moments During Tough Times

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.


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Peninsula Family Avoids Talk Of Politics At Huge Thanksgiving Gathering

So you’ve made your way to the Thanksgiving table. How will you navigate through the dinner conversation?


Alameda County Discourages Truancy By Holding Parents Accountable

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.


Salon Owner Shares His Skills With Cancer Survivors

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.


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Surviving Nuclear Blast Among Latest Disaster-Preparedness Scenarios

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.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/07/2017

Nuclear Bomb Shelter Business Is Booming

With North Korea threatening a nuclear strike all the way to the United States, a homegrown bomb shelter industry is exploding.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/06/2017

Social Worker Provides Teddy Bear Comfort To Traumatized Children

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.


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Oakland Entrepreneur Pays Forward Mentoring She Received On Her Way Up

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.


California Illustrator Creates Comic Strip To Process Losing His Home To Wildfire

Cartoonist Brian Fies wrote a comic strip entitled ‘On Monday, My House Disappeared” about losing his family’s home in the Santa Rosa wildfire.


Little Gifts Inspire Big Dreams For At-Risk Girls

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. 


South SF High School Students Excel In State-Of-The-Art Biotech Lab

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.


San Jose Veteran Serves His Neighbors In Retirement

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.