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

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