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
EXCLUSIVE: Bay Area couple describes 'strange trip' to Wuhan before COVID-19 officially reported
"The fact that they weren't allowed to go into the market...it sounds like something was already going on in early November." In an exclusive interview, a Bay Area couple describes their "strange" trip to Wuhan two months before COVID-19 was officially reported.
Reopening California: SF retail shops survive 1st week selling curbside, but is it enough?
We followed three San Francisco business owners in their first week of selling by curbside pickup - Some say this method may not be enough to survive long-term.
Planning to visit South Lake Tahoe for Memorial Day weekend? Expect to pay $1,000 fine
VISITORS NOT ALLOWED: If you're anxious to get away for the Memorial Day weekend, a trip to South Lake Tahoe will cost you. Now is not the time for non-essential travel to the lake, according to the South Lake Tahoe's city manager, unless you want to face a hefty fine.
Coronavirus: UCSF doctor predicts 'even anti-vaxers' will be lining up for COVID-19 vaccination
A UCSF doctor predicts "exceedingly high" vaccination rates when there is a vaccine available for COVID-19 as "there is still fear of a second wave taking place in the fall and this virus will not go away."
I-Team: 22 Bay Area companies keep $52 million in federal funding intended for small businesses amid pandemic
One Bay Area company is being singled out in particular by Congress for refusing to return federal funding that is supposed to go to small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reopening California: 3 SF businesses share how they're changing amid COVID-19 crisis
'IT'S BEEN REALLY TOUGH': For the first time in nearly two months, retail stores reopened in San Francisco for curbside pickup. And the new rules are forcing business owners to get creative.
Weekly COVID-19 testing should be required for most workers as businesses reopen, UCSF doctor says
REOPENING CALIFORNIA: "Please get tested if you're working," doctors urge workers as businesses reopen. Some say it should be a weekly routine, or depending on the profession, even daily.
New data shows 42% decrease in job openings across CA, food industry hit hardest
Employment rates have plummeted across California. Here's a look at what industries have been hardest hit and what jobs are in high demand.
Coronavirus: Where in the Bay Area will retail be hit hardest by COVID-19? Here's what we found
Retail businesses across the Bay Area are bracing for a big hit due to the coronavirus. Here's what counties will be impacted the most.
Congress pressures San Jose-based Quantum to return $10M in Paycheck Protection Program funding
Congress is singling out a Bay Area corporation for taking $10 million of funding from the Paycheck Protection Program, the emergency lending program intended to help small businesses stay alive during the pandemic.