Kumasi Aaron | ABC7 KGO News Team
I love my name now. But in elementary school when teachers could barely pronounce it...not so much! I'm named after the city of Kumasi in the West African country of Ghana. No, I'm not from there. My mother happened to see it in a book, liked it, and decided that would be a great name for her daughter. She vetoed my dad who was planning to name me Clarissa. But he got to name my brothers, Joe and John.

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!

Kumasi's Stories
This self-guided tour takes you through the Black history of UC Berkeley's campus
"Once you know this history, you see the campus in a completely different light, you have a completely different perspective. And especially as a Black student or any student of color, you just feel like you belong."
At age 76, 'Mama Sue' making history as 1st and only Black woman to own Berkeley cannabis dispensary
Meet "Mama Sue" who at age 76 brings cannabis to seniors as she celebrates her Berkeley-based Black-owned businesses for Black History Month.
Will solar-powered vehicles ever be a thing? A California company looks to make it reality
A question started being asked when electric vehicles started growing in popularity: "What if these cars could charge on solar power?" One California company is on a mission to make that happen.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop celebrates grand reopening in SF with Kelly Rowland
An icon was celebrated in San Francisco on Thursday. And no, we're not just talking about Ghirardelli. The entire ABC7 Mornings team decided to crash our interview with singer Kelly Rowland and... well, you can see what happened for yourself.
Grammy-winning opera star J'Nai Bridges to perform in Bay Area this weekend
"Notes on Hope" is an expansive program that highlights Black composers whose contributions to classical music and opera have often been overlooked.
Bay Area organization celebrates decades of service to Black women, girls with 25th annual luncheon
This Friday, an organization is continuing its mission to empower women.
SF man says perseverance, tenacity pushed him to become 1 of just 4 Black sommeliers in the world
San Francisco's Chris Gaither is 1 of only 4 Black master sommeliers in the world. He says perseverance and tenacity pushed him after 10 years of failed attempts.
Bay Area civil rights icon continues the Black Panther's legacy while building a new one
At age 80, Elaine Brown has no intention to stop building a better Bay Area, literally. "Somehow, we may resurrect the spirit of people reimagining community wealth," Brown said.
'Every 28 Hours' school play in Oakland creating performance piece based on the Black experience
"I think you know, these kids have to sit and watch George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery be murdered and they couldn't go outside. They couldn't do anything. They couldn't say how they feel, they felt really restricted."
'The Toy Insider' senior editor shares favorite 'cross-generational' toys this holiday season
Do the toys on retailers' shelves this holiday season look a bit familiar to you? A toy expert shared some of his favorite retro toys that have a modern twist to them.