Kate Larsen | ABC7 KGO News Team
I have spent my whole career reporting in communities throughout California, but there's nothing quite like telling stories in your hometown! I was born and raised in San Francisco and learned to love the news by watching Bay Area stations as a child. I decided in elementary school that I wanted to be a news broadcaster and remained focused on that career path through my school years. Then in January 2017, I joined the ABC7 news team... a station I have long admired.

Prior to KGO, I worked at KNBC in Los Angeles where I won an Emmy with the weekend team for our breaking news coverage of a major wildfire in Calabasas. I reported on scene from major events throughout Southern California, from the San Bernardino terrorist attack to the Isla Vista rampage near UC Santa Barbara. I also flew up to Oakland and covered the Ghostship warehouse fire. My LA reporting days were also filled with some Hollywood glamour. I covered red carpets at The Oscars, The Grammys, Emmys and SAG Awards every award season and always looked forward to interviewing my favorite stars.

Before moving to sunny So Cal, I worked at KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, where I got to work at 3 a.m. for the morning show. I launched and anchored the station's weekend morning newscast, and during the week, I reported on everything from Tahoe snow storms to politics at the State Capitol. I'll never forget my first press conference with then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - who was not as tall as I envisioned!

My first on-air job was at KBAK/KBFX, the CBS and FOX affiliate in Bakersfield, where I discovered my passion for live television reporting. I was honored with a RTNA Golden Mike Award and AP Mark Twain Award for my investigative reports on illegal off-roading that was destroying the ranches and livelihood of working families in Kern County. During my time in the Central Valley, I grew to enjoy reporting on California's agricultural industry and water wars, which have become increasingly important as droughts continue to plague the state.

I am a proud graduate of UCLA and consider myself a California girl through and through, though I did spend my high school years in New England, which I quickly learned was not my ideal climate. My first on-camera project was a documentary that I shot, wrote and edited about our school's ice hockey team. If you saw it, you'd quickly realize that nobody taught me how to white balance!

Reporting comes with many challenges, including some heartache, which tends to linger after covering a tragedy. But, I am so proud and honored to tell the stories of so many amazing Californians. There is no more important time for journalism than now and I am thrilled to be doing it with the best news team in the Bay Area.

When I'm not at work, I'm usually running around on the playground with my daughter, going on hikes through the Presidio with my family and enjoying all the great views and food that San Francisco has to offer with my husband and our friends.

I would LOVE to tell your story. You can reach out to me on Twitter, Facebook or through email: kate.m.larsen@abc.com

Kate's Stories
'She was my idol': Bay Area legal community shares memories of Supreme Court icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
'WE HAVE LOST A NATIONAL TREASURE': Those who knew Justice Ginsburg in the Bay Area said she was a role model to all.
'She was a role model to all of us': Bay Area legal community reacts to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death
'SHE WAS RIVETING': Those who knew her in the Bay Area she was a role model to all and a pioneer for women's rights and equality.
East Bay woman sues OBGYN for 'medical rape,' believes her family is the victim of fertility fraud
'No one should have to find out that they're the product of a predator:' 23andMe results indicate the doctor may have used his own sperm as the "anonymous donor," and there may be more victims.
Police investigate possible hate crimes after Jewish students in Marin targeted with anti-semitic social media posts
"This is what happened in Nazi Germany, when they collected a list of Jewish names, targeted them for slaughter. So some of these students who were targeted, this is how their grandparents and great grandparents were killed."
Bay Area dentists see increase in broken teeth, dental emergencies during pandemic
"We have to very quickly deal with this because it is an epidemic of its own kind."
Dentists see increase in broken teeth, dental emergencies during pandemic
"We have to very quickly deal with this because it is an epidemic of its own kind."
Unhealthy Bay Area air is affecting children; Here's what families need to know
Because of the wildfires burning in California and throughout the West, the Bay Area has had nearly a month of spare the air days and it's beginning to take its toll on children.
'Physically shaking, not able to breathe': Firefighters experiencing exhaustion and shock on the front lines
"The level of fatigue is high enough that we're seeing firefighters pull themselves out of engines during an active fire, which is unprecedented... I'm having firefighters call, unable to speak... physically shaking, not able to breath, not able to take a deep breath, not able to sleep."
'Heartbreaking': Beloved summer camp, Okizu, for children affected by cancer, burns in North Complex fires
SAVE OKIZU: A beloved camp for children affected by cancer has burned in the North Complex. Here's how you can help:
Hoping for a bit of normalcy under flaming red sky, East Bay residents take photos, fish and eat pizza
It was a day unlike any other in the Bay Area, as smoke filled skies cast a dark glow across the region. Despite the weather, people in the East Bay got out and went about their day....