Dion Lim | ABC7 KGO News Team
My first day on-air at ABC7 started with an engineer handing me a big red bag which contained my fireproof suit, a helmet and face mask. Dumbfounded, I stood there staring at the bag and asked myself: "What have I gotten myself in to!?"

The North Bay fires had just broken out and within an hour, I was in the epicenter of the destruction. The adrenaline kicked in. From neighborhoods of multi-million dollar homes to mobile home parks, the flames showed no mercy. Fire victims were stumbling through the street, dazed and covered in thick black ash. The air so thick with smoke, it burned your lungs and tears would stream down your face.

Despite the chaos and gut-wrenching sadness, being able to tell their stories was an honor and a privilege and it reminded me of why I got into this crazy TV news business in the first place.

The path to ABC7 News started when I was a small child, and my parents, two immigrants from Hong Kong and Taiwan wanted me to learn how to speak "proper" English and would sit me in front of the TV to watch ABC's 20/20. Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters were my heroes. It struck me as I got older, maybe I could give others a voice like they did.

Former mentors, starting from my high school TV teacher, Mr. Lewis, to another Mr. Lewis who was, at the time, news director at a station in Hartford, Connecticut helped give me my start as a student reporter.

From there, the business brought me to Springfield, Massachusetts as a bureau reporter, then Kansas City as a weekend and then weekday morning anchor, primary evening anchor/reporter in Charlotte and most recently, main anchor/reporter in Tampa Bay. The journey has taken me from ground zero after hurricanes and tornadoes to broadcasting in a booth next to Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and to Hollywood for red carpet TV show premieres. You really never know what your day is going to be like in this business.

While I don't have any personal Emmy awards, I am proud to have been voted "Best Morning Anchor" and "Best TV Personality" by different publications in Kansas City and Charlotte, and then named one of the nation's top 18 leaders under 34 in TV by Broadcast & Cable Magazine. To me, those kinds of acknowledgments mean more than a golden statue.

Having those roles allowed me to pursue community involvement projects, such as developing programs for women's professional groups and students revolving around the theme of laughter, empowerment and being authentic. This is my passion. Using those platforms, sharing my own personal struggles in navigating a very competitive business as a minority woman, I've contributed to the Huffington Post and written a series for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls website and signed on last year as an author for Full Circle Literary.

When I'm not on TV, you'll find me with friends exploring all the amazing food available in the Bay Area, traveling around the world and volunteering and acting as an ambassador for the non-profit Best Buddies. My husband, a professional poker player and I are the parents of a Miniature Dachshund named Daphne and a Yorkie named Georgie. Fun Fact: I have a sushi roll named after me at The Cowfish restaurant in Charlotte, Atlanta and inside Universal Studios City Walk...and yes. My parents were big Dionne Warwick fans!

Dion's Stories
Business owners in San Francisco's Chinatown collaborate to fight crime
FINDING SOLUTIONS: A group of business owners in Chinatown is taking matters into their own hands after two violent attacks and what feels to them like a constant stream of break-ins and crime.
Finland proposes 4-day workweek, 6-hour workdays; could this work in the US?
Finland's Prime Minister's proposing a new 4-day workweek with 6-hour workdays so people can spend more time with their families. Could this work in the US?
Leaving California: Former residents tell us the good and the bad after they left the Golden State
LEAVING CALIFORNIA: One former resident says he experienced some push back when his wife spoke Spanish at a Costco in Idaho. He says the people around him weren't too happy and the situation escalated from there.
Californians are leaving the state at a rapid pace... and going to Idaho?
Goodbye, Golden State! For the first time in almost a decade, more Californians have moved out of state, according to the Department of Finance.
California-based Coast Guard unit returns home, reunites with families after $312 million cocaine bust
A California-based Coast Guard unit is back home for the holidays after seizing 18,000 pounds of cocaine from a drug-smuggling submarine.
Stores try new strategies to attract 'Super Saturday' shoppers weekend before Christmas
DID YOU BRAVE SUPER SATURDAY? Black Friday and Cyber Monday may get all the holiday hype, the Saturday before Christmas could be bigger than both, according to National Retail Federation.
ABC7 Stars: Oakland man using ballet to inspire thousands of students
As the Oakland Ballet Company celebrates its 48th season performing the Nutcracker, ABC7 News is recognizing a man, making a difference for his dancers and to the community around him.
San Francisco shipping companies prepare for busiest mailing week of the year
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: The US Postal Service expects to deliver more than 800 million packages across the country on the busiest shipping week of the year.
Bay Area film, 'Any Wednesday,' earns Oscar consideration
In her new film "Any Wednesday," Allie Light explores the edges of awareness and understanding, through two characters, both facing struggles now common in America: PTSD and Dementia.
Java Joy serves up hugs and inclusion with each cup of coffee in San Francisco
Joyristas serve coffee with a smile and a hug! A newly launched business in San Francisco employs those with disabilities to aim for inclusion and joy with every cup of joe.