Lauren Martinez | ABC7 KGO News Team
The Bay Area is home for many reasons and I am so thrilled to be back! My grandparents immigrated from Mexico, and my parents grew up in San Francisco, making it a special place for me.

My love for journalism sparked by a suggestion from my dad in high school. It led me to pursue a degree in Broadcast Electronic and Communication Arts from SFSU.

My career spans from being a morning producer in Bend, Oregon, to an evening anchor in Chico. During those three years, our small newsroom covered some of the biggest stories out of Northern California, including the Camp Fire in 2018. To this day the Camp Fire remains California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

I worked briefly in Sacramento in 2019 before joining ABC7 as a freelance reporter. There, I covered the pandemic's impact on the Bay Area.

I experienced the COVID-19 shutdown in one city, and the reopening in another.

In November 2020, I moved to FOX5 in Las Vegas as a weekend anchor and reporter. It was there I covered the city's reopening and economic recovery.

Throughout my career, I have been honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award and two Emmys.

Now, as a full-time member of ABC7's news team, I feel incredibly grateful.

I will be based in our South Bay bureau.

I can't wait to report on the most innovative companies and groundbreaking technologies in Silicon Valley, as well as the vibrant and diverse communities of the South Bay.

I'm excited to share my work with you on social media, where you can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.. And if you have a story idea, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at at lauren.b.martinez@abc.com

Let's uncover the most fascinating and inspiring stories together!

Lauren's Stories
Home Depot fined $1.3 million for safety violations after 2022 San Jose arson fire
A fire that destroyed a Home Depot in San Jose two years ago revealed dangerous public safety conditions and now the company has been fined $1.3 million.
Thieves targeting Bay Area mail carriers to steal keys, police say
Thieves are targeting letter carriers for their mailbox keys, police say after a series of robberies have been reported in the Bay Area.
Weekly night markets, block parties return to downtown San Jose
Looking for something fun to do as the nights get warmer? Downtown San Jose is offering everything from live jazz music to gourmet food and beer trucks.
San Jose Fire boot camp invites women and gender-diverse individuals
SJFD currently has 24 women firefighters out of 648, which is just 3.7 percent. This Saturday, it's hosting the fifth annual Women's+ Boot Camp, open to gender non-conforming and trans community members.
4 displaced by fire at Buddhist temple in San Jose
A fire ripped through parts of a Buddhist temple in San Jose. Four people living in a unit above the garage managed to get out safely.
Northern Lights dazzle over Bay Area, California skies amid solar storm
If you were lucky this weekend, you might have seen the Northern Lights in the Bay Area due to one of the strongest solar storms in decades that made the Aurora Borealis visible across the Northern Hemisphere -- even as far south as Florida.
San Bruno's new paid parking program frustrating business owners, customers
Business owners in downtown San Bruno say their customers frequently complain about the new pay-by-plate parking kiosks, which forces them to pay for a full hour even though they only need it for a few minutes.
San Jose mom will continue haunted Halloween display in honor of son
"I need to keep his legacy going. And I need to do it for my community," said the mother of Chris Jimenez, who passed away from a terminal illness, but shared a love for his family's haunted Halloween display.
San Jose Cinco de Mayo parade to return with lowrider cruise
The last time there was a Cinco de Mayo parade in San Jose was in the early 2000s, but this year it will include the lowrider cruise with SJPD having its own lowrider taking part.
Pro-Palestinian, labor rights rally in Bay Area amid May Day protests
Rallies in support of Palestinians and labor rights took place all around the Bay Area on Wednesday for May Day.