I grew up in Florida and studied accounting at Florida A&M University. But after a summer internship that left me stuck behind a desk all day, I knew I had to find something that allowed me to be creative, meet interesting people, and be out and about. Journalism was it!
When I graduated with my accounting degree, I couldn't get a job in TV News. So I got a post graduate internship at ABC News, which led to behind the scenes work at WABC and NBC Nightly News. It was the best training I could have had, and where I really developed my passion to tell compelling and impactful stories.
My first job on air was as an Anchor/Reporter in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I then headed back to my home state of Florida as an Anchor/Reporter in Jacksonville, where I started to wear my natural hair on air for the first time! It felt so good to be my authentic self, and I realized part of my work would be encouraging others by example to do the same.
Next, I headed west to Denver where I worked as a National Correspondent and Anchor with The E.W. Scripps Company. The role took me all across the country covering stories like Hurricane Irma, the presidential inauguration, and the Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland. While I really enjoyed my national assignments, I'm really looking forward to building relationships in communities throughout the Bay Area and telling the stories of the people I meet.
Please feel free to send me an email at Kumasi.M.Aaron@abc.com to share a story, or to just say hello! The same if we see each other out and about. You'll likely find me somewhere outside, by the water and in the sun! I love all things nature, live music and good food. I think the Bay Area is the perfect place!
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What is allyship? ABC7 News Anchor Kumasi Aaron shares ways to partner with black community
"It's about putting yourself in somebody else's shoes and taking on their struggle as your own and acknowledging there is privilege, there is difference there," Aaron says.
Free testing underway this weekend in San Francisco neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19
FREE TESTING: San Francisco's District 10, which includes the Bayview, Visitacion Valley and Sunnydale, has the second highest rate of COVID-19 in the city and the highest concentration of communities of color.
Grant aims to help African American, minority businesses in Oakland survive COVID-19
"The fund is called resilient because we are resilient": Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce is working to provide grants, not loans, for minority businesses impacted by COVID-19 through its Resiliency Relief Program.
EXCLUSIVE: Oprah talks to ABC7 about the worst job she's ever had, the item she can't live without, the advice she would give to her younger self
ONE-ON-ONE WITH OPRAH: ABC7's Kumasi Aaron got Oprah's take in a rapid-fire question session. They talked about what she can, and can't, live without, her advice for a younger Oprah, and so much more.
EXCLUSIVE: Oprah talks to ABC7 about busting stereotypes between African Americans and nature
ONE-ON-ONE WITH OPRAH: ABC7's Kumasi Aaron got the chance to talk to Oprah about the Outdoor Afro organization which is helping to bust stereotypes that African Americans don't enjoy camping and hiking.
EXCLUSIVE: Oprah talks to ABC7 about WW 2020 Vision Tour, bringing people together
ONE-ON-ONE WITH OPRAH: ABC7's Kumasi Aaron got the chance to talk to Oprah about her tour, bringing people together and how you can create the future you want. And Oprah had a blast singing and dancing to Kumasi's name!
Alonzo King, founder of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, making history through dance in San Francisco
Alonzo King's parents were leaders in the civil rights movement. He infused those lessons into his love of dance, blazing his own trails along the way. Here's his story:
Justice Teri Jackson reveals what it took to become the first African American woman appointed to California's Court of Appeal
MAKING HISTORY: Justice Teri Jackson talks about her journey to becoming the first African American woman appointed to California's court of appeals.
Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show: Show dogs visit ABC7 for Dog Show paw-ree-view
A beagle and a wolfhound stopped by ABC7 to get everyone excited for the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show!