Stephanie Sierra | ABC7 KGO News Team
I'm a San Francisco native and after 8 years living elsewhere in the country I'm thrilled to be home and part of the ABC7 family! I join the team as an investigative reporter.

My love of journalism started in a classroom at Mercy High School in Burlingame. At the time, 'Career Day' seemed like just a lucky break from the regular school grind of classes and homework. Little did I know it would change my life. I stumbled into a class entitled "A Day in the Life of a TV News Reporter." Intrigued by the idea of highlighting what was going on in the world and prompting change, I was hooked.

I graduated from the University of Missouri where I majored in broadcast journalism. At the local NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri I was a reporter and anchor. Yes, I did read the legendary Wayne Freedman book. It's titled "It Takes More Than Good Looks To Succeed In TV News" (Now required curriculum for the J-School!)

While there I earned a national Hearst award for a story that prompted the Sheriff to properly enforce rules that prohibited sex offenders from living too close to schools and day care facilities.

I then spent nearly 4 years braving the snow and high altitude of the Rockies at the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs (KRDO-TV) as an anchor and investigative reporter. I covered torrential blizzards, grisly murder trials, and exposed scams that prompted action from the Federal Trade Commission.

I did a year-long investigation uncovering the illicit massage industry in southern Colorado, which resulted in six women being rescued from human trafficking operations.

In 2019, I was honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow award after exposing several contractor schemes which resulted in recovering over a hundred thousand dollars back to consumers. Those scams stemmed from a severe hail storm, which our team won a national Murrow award for breaking news coverage. Some of that hail was the size of grapefruits!

I'm thankful there's no hail here in the Bay Area, just breathtaking ocean views, beautiful redwoods, and endless opportunities to tell your stories. I feel incredibly lucky to work alongside journalists I've admired my entire life.

Say hello - I'd love to hear from you!

Stephanie's Stories
'A deficit': 500 child care centers shut down in San Mateo County amid COVID-19 pandemic
Before the start of the pandemic, there were roughly 900 child care operations in San Mateo County. There are around 300 open now.
Prop 16 confusion: Affirmative action ballot measure struggling in polls
Despite the recent political movement in favor of social justice reforms, Prop 16 is struggling to gain support. Why? It may have to do with the measure's confusing wording.
Bay Area minority-owned businesses struggle to get PPP funding, data shows
"There's clearly some level of systemic racism." SBA data released in July reports Black-owned businesses received 1.9 percent of PPP loans. While white-owned businesses received 83 percent.
No Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations as focus turns to helping Latinos impacted by COVID-19
'THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT': Instead of live music and parades for Hispanic Heritage Month, the community finding ways to help those hit hardest amid the pandemic.
Black drivers are 4.4 times more likely to be stopped by SFPD than white drivers, data shows
"Sometimes I think they just stop me because of my color." Policing or profiling? An ABC7 I-Team data investigation found traffic stop disparities across San Francisco have gotten worse over the past six and a half years.
Tour of Bay Area Century Theatres shows what will be different when you go back to the movies
From changes to concessions to an explanation about what's a movie bubble, here's our tour of what to expect the next time you head to the movies.
Black men are 8 times more likely to be stopped by Oakland police than White men, data shows
For one Oakland man, the stop happened in his own driveway. For another, it was a stop while riding his bike that led to two nights in jail with a $5,000 bond.
Flex Alert issued for California, so will there be blackouts?
The alert goes into effect Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
'We need to reopen': San Francisco business owners anxiously wait for plans to reopen indoors
COVID-19 STRUGGLE: A San Francisco barber who could only accommodate two chairs outside his storefront, says this "isn't realistic." "I have barbers that are behind on rent, barbers that have family members, kids that they have to feed," he said as he awaits plans to reopen indoors.
ABC7 gives CZU Complex Fire evacuees first look at loss as some prepare for long road to recovery
"I want to build a new story and I don't want to give up." Many have lost everything due to the devastating wildfires, now they're getting a first glimpse at what's left.