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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She’s created a unique style of giving that makes giving stylish. This week’s Jefferson Award winner uses women’s love of fashion as a force for good.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner has a passion for both writing and mentoring Oakland kids who want to put pen to paper.
Surveys conducted within the last year show more than one in ten California households don’t have access to the internet because many can’t afford a computer. This week’s young Jefferson Award winners is changing that.
Whether it is helping seniors with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s or leading a dance class, Anni Chung has done it all, and now she is this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
National statistics show almost half of young people have experienced some sort of hazing by the time they reach college. But an East Bay mother who lost her son to a hazing ritual is spreading the word to protect other families from a similar tragedy. She’s this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
Educators say an estimated one in ten public school students fall through the cracks because of a crisis we don’t often hear about. This week’ s Jefferson Award winner found a way for them to thrive.
Not everyone can be a star athlete like Kevin Durant or Steph Curry. But that doesn’t mean a career in professional sports is out of reach, according to this week’s Jefferson Award winners.
Dozens of young musicians are hitting high notes in community service, thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
He’s known simply as “Mr. Collins.” But this week’s Jefferson Award winner is like a father to many young African American men he mentors in San Francisco.
Hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have learned to read and write thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner’s unique approach.
Kodiak is a 3-year-old German Shepherd and an elite brand of detective who helps solve arson mysteries.
She’s only eight years old, but this week’s Jefferson Award winner is a head above her peers when it comes to giving.
While African-Americans make up 12% of Alameda County’s population, they represent about half its HIV cases. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner has made it her mission to bring that number down.
This summer, we’ll hear some rare details about life inside San Quentin State Prison, from the inmates themselves. This week’s Jefferson Award winner is helping inmates produce the first podcast from inside a prison.
At the Coffee Box in Uptown Oakland, change is brewing.. from the “grounds” up.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner is a pioneer who’s worked in the anti-smoking movement for more than two decades. Serena Chen says people call her all the time and ask for help to change a law. So she harnesses her skills as a former broadcast journalist and social worker to help them get it done.
Dozens of inner city young people discover their own self-worth on an all-expenses-paid trip to Africa thanks to SFPD Officer Jason Johnson.
Heart disease kills one in three women every year. It’s even more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. This week’s Jefferson Award winner has made it her life’s mission to get the word out.
Forty-three children are diagnosed with cancer everyday. That’s according to the American Cancer Society. But in the Bay Area, many of them are discovering fun and healing in an art program created by this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
Bay Area companies do a lot of business in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and could face significant backlash for doing so.
MARTINEZ (KPIX 5) – The holidays can be a lonely time for veterans in the hospital. But an East Bay woman has made it a tradition to round up a band of volunteers to make them feel special. Every year, Raylynn McIntire and her Women of Steel gather at their union hall in Martinez with […]
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) From joining cancer walks to the FBI Academy, Jenny Chea-Vaing helps so many different community groups, her family and friends find it hard to keep up with her! She says she serves from a heart of gratitude, determined to give her best because she has survived some of the worst conditions […]
MARTINEZ (KPIX 5 ) – At the Contra Costa County Probation Department, the theme is rehabilitation, and it’s thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner. James Rivers is a probation manager at the Contra Costa County Probation Department. He helped put in place in the girls residential and family therapy programs that 19-year-old Sarah Enemark […]
BURLINGAME (KPIX 5) – Seventeen-year-old Alexander Lee co-founded the group Burlingame Cancer Research in 2014. Its 100 high school volunteers from the Bay Area and East Coast share what they’ve learned with cancer patients and their families. Lee understands; his grandmother suffered from leukemia. “If you have a loved one that’s diagnosed with cancer, even if […]
A best-selling Bay Area author and a former teacher teamed up to create a fun non-profit organization that marries education and creativity.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) For the past ten years, a Bay Area woman has put the phrase “it takes a village” into action. Today, her Village Project not only helps feed and educate some of San Francisco’s neediest children, it now has a program to help adults too. Ten years ago, Adrian Williams was living […]
When Helen McDermott retired after 22 years as Human Resources Vice President at Robert Mondavi Winery, she turned to helping young people. “People would refer their children or people that they knew just needed some advice and counsel,” she recalled. She founded the Yountville-based nonprofit A Voice Found in 2005. “I felt it was important […]
At only 9a.m., chef Ruby Kaho is embroiled dinner preparations. For the last 16 years, she’s worked at Samaritan House, the anti-poverty nonprofit in San Mateo. As a full-time food services manager, she cooks up to 700 meals a day with the help of three dozen workers and volunteers. Sonya Peters is one of them. […]
After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children under 14 in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. An East Bay man has dedicated his life to raising money to find a cure, and he’s this week’s Jefferson Award winner. Les Mahler himself is fighting an advanced stage of rare […]
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) This week’s Jefferson Award winner is closing the digital divide by giving low income young people free training, mentoring, and jobs. From still photography to filmmaking, young people aged 11 to 24 focus on learning valuable new skills at the Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology, or BAYCAT for […]
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) San Francisco is home to many diverse southeast Asian cultures. This week’s Jefferson Award winner has a passion for celebrating them through colorful community events. From lively Laotian music… to meditative Tai Chi, the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival highlights the richness of the Southeast Asian culture at the Tenderloin Recreation Center and […]
SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) Studies show only one in five American high school seniors are proficient in geography. A South Bay teenager decided to do something about that, and what he’s accomplished earned him this week’s Jefferson Award. Arvind Sridhar leads a weekly after school class at Sacred Heart Nativity in San Jose. The senior […]
REDWOOD CITY (KPIX 5) Children with a parent behind bars can face loneliness and pain others can’t begin to understand. But this week’s Jefferson Award winners give them hope with a special day designed to make them feel special. About 200 boys learn football basics at a free day-long clinic in Redwood City each year. […]
SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) Most afternoons, Sonali Ranaweera leads some fellow students in an afternoon routine at Del Mar High School in San Jose: collecting bottles and cans that the 16-year-old trades for cash at the recycling center. The work can be filthy. “Just knowing I’m doing something good makes me not even think about […]
Martha Potts knows what it’s like adjusting to a new culture, so she made it her life’s calling to help immigrant families in Concord settle into their school community
Three years ago, when she was a volunteer at a reception desk, Laurel Lipsick discovered just how much veterans needed new clothes and shoes.
Most colorful crayons handed out at restaurants get used a few times, or in some cases, only once before they are discarded. One Bay Area man is making sure that crayons from all over the country don’t just go to waste.
Diana Lizarraga guides more than 100 minority and low income students into STEM careers.
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) Fewer students are truant , kids are reading at a higher level and more parents are taking an active role in their children’s education. These positive changes can be attributed to Chris Stoner-Mertz, who has dedicated her life to giving families the support they need to break them out of the cycle […]
SAN MATEO (KPIX 5) Summer vacation has just begun, and a Peninsula teenager could be relaxing, going to summer camp, or taking it easy. Instead, Isabela Acenas is planning a trip overseas, so she can make a difference for others. Acenas visited the Philippines last summer, where she developed a love for the children she […]