Kristen Sze | ABC7 KGO News Team
I got my start in TV playing a boy. In Taiwan where I was born, my mother was a Chinese Opera singer and actress. So I grew up on the set, playing walk-on roles. The journalism part came after my family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in the Bay Area on the Peninsula. In high school, I began writing for the school newspaper, honing my newly-acquired English skills. I realized I had a golden ticket to meet people, ask questions and find answers. The mission forced me to come out of my shell and overcome my shyness! At U.C. Berkeley, I reported for the campus radio station KALX while interning at nearly every Bay Area TV station. I felt my news sense kick into high gear during the Loma Prieta quake. I had driven across the Bay Bridge only an hour before the partial collapse. I immediately drove to the station where I was interning. Since it was all hands on deck, I got the chance to get interviews and write some stories. When I heard the first story I wrote go over the air, it was a defining moment. I knew this was it for me. I reported in Binghamton, New York, Fresno, Philadelphia and New York City before coming home to the Bay Area and ABC7 News in 1998. It was a dream come true. And now, 20 years later, I still feel humbled and privileged to be able to work as a journalist in my hometown.

What I find most rewarding in anchoring is providing continuous coverage during breaking news. That is when our community needs us most, when it counts on us to deliver accurate, important information in real time. That's also why I tweet and post on social media during the newscast. It's gratifying sharing relevant information and getting instant feedback from our viewers. Tweet me anytime or find me on Facebook and Instagram.

When I'm not anchoring, I'm volunteering at my kids' schools, cheering for them in sports, and rooting for my Warriors, Giants and Cal Bears. I also enjoy working to empower girls and women in journalism, leadership and STEM.

Kristen Sze has been with ABC7 News since 1998. She currently anchors ABC7 News at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Her reports can be seen on ABC7 News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Voted 'Best News Anchor' in 2011 by San Francisco BayList, Sze also won Emmy Awards in 1999 and 2002.

Sze graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. A scholarship from the Asian American Journalists Association enabled Sze to study at Oxford University in England.

Kristen Sze also volunteers with a number of community organizations as emcee, mentor or advisory board member. She works most closely with Kids and Art Foundation, Help a Mother Out, My New Red Shoes, Wender-Weis Foundation for Children and the Professional Businesswomen's Conference.

Kristen's Stories
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