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 huge disparity': San Francisco, Oakland neighborhoods struggle with pharmacy deserts
Seniors in California are ready to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but there at least seven zip codes with 10,000 or more residents in the Bay Area that don't have any retail pharmacies.
Nursing students in San Mateo Co. will soon be COVID-19 vaccinators, helping cut down backlog
Nursing students in San Mateo County will soon start helping administer coronavirus vaccines, and the hope is the rest of the state will follow suit amid a major distribution backlog.
California trying to speed up COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Gov. Gavin Newsom says
Gov. Newsom said the state is working to get 1 million doses administered by the weekend.
Gov. Newsom says 1 million Californians will be vaccinated in the next 10 days
After reports of major backlogs, Gov. Newsom says the state is working on loosening up the tiers and rules in which providers can administer vaccines to help speed up the process.
1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine stuck in transit across CA, data shows
'We have 30,000 student nurses who are ready to help:' Some nursing programs are getting frustrated, saying they can help alleviate the backlog, but can't get a response from the state for authorization.
'It's overwhelming': Bay Area funeral homes nearly triple capacity amid surge of COVID-19 deaths
It's the busiest time Duggan's Serra Mortuary in Daly City has seen in its more than 50 year history.
'Doses delayed': Nearly 900,000 COVID-19 vaccines stuck in transit across California
More than 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated in California, but the state confirmed on Tuesday that only 1.2 million of those have been shipped.
I-TEAM: CA doctor says vaccine distribution not going as planned, doses delayed for vulnerable communities
"My worst nightmares have been coming true": A member of the state's COVID-19 vaccine advisory committee tells the ABC7 I-Team, hundreds of thousands of COVID vaccines across the state are sitting in warehouses with the potential of being wasted.
Want to apply for a 2nd federally-funded PPP loan? Here's how businesses qualify
Here's what's different with the new round of federal funding for small businesses
San Francisco police to crack down on non-virtual NYE gatherings, conduct DUI patrols
"Whatever you do tonight, please celebrate responsibly." San Francisco police will be out tonight cracking down on non-virtual NYE gatherings and drunk driving.