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
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!
California Crown Law: ABC7 anchors open up about new law, wearing natural curly hair on television
ABC7 News anchors Kumasi Aaron and Jobina Fortson talk about having to straighten their hair and wear wigs to conform with a more European look in order to advance their journalism careers in television. California's new Crown Law prohibits discrimination at work and school based on a person's natural hair style.
Teenager not allowed to attend homecoming dance because of her pantsuit outfit
A teenager wasn't allowed to attend her homecoming because she wore a jumper instead of a dress. Now there's a protest to change the dress code.
Irma Herrera talks playwright, importance of embracing one's cultural identity in 'Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?'
WHY WOULD I MISPRONOUNCE MY OWN NAME: Irma Herrera's one-woman show "Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?" opens the Best of San Francisco Solo Series during Latino Heritage Month. She will be performing in the North Bay on Sunday.
East Bay woman's organizing skills helping nursery support community
Some of us can barely keep our closets organized, but one woman in the East Bay has taken up the task of organizing thousands of donated items to help those in her community, and in turn prevent child abuse.
Disney CEO Bob Iger discusses new book 'The Ride of a Lifetime' with ABC7
In the last 15 years as CEO, Bob Iger has transformed the Walt Disney Company into the largest, most respected media company in the world. Now he's sharing the lessons he's learned.