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
Bay Area realtor, economist predict rents will rise 5% to 10% by end of the year
Oakland is reporting the largest decline in luxury home sales among the country's 50 most populous metro areas - a 63.9% drop. San Jose is not far behind reporting a 55% drop.
SF supervisors OK measure expanding police access to private surveillance cameras
It's a big loss for privacy and civil rights groups but a big win for San Francisco police, Mayor London Breed, and the District Attorney's Office who believe the new ordinance will help combat crime.
San Francisco's DA says new policies will start to clean up streets in 'few months'
The ABC7 News I-Team sat down with DA Jenkins to discuss some of the main issues plaguing the city and what she's done so far to address them.
'Worst is yet to come:' SFPD may be short around 825 officers by end of year, ABC7 I-Team uncovers
ABC7's data analysis found Southern, Central, Northern, and Mission districts each had a higher percentage of life-threatening emergency calls than the Tenderloin from late June to late August. Yet, all four districts were assigned fewer officers than the Tenderloin.
SF's 'dirty streets' hurting international tourism as conventions struggle to come back
Travel expert says international clients have seen firsthand what they describe as the "dirty streets of San Francisco" - scenes like open drug markets crowding the sidewalks and needles lining the streets nearby the convention space.
Will Bay Area Rapid Transit system survive another 50+ years?
As our society embraces a remote work culture and new innovations like driverless cars, we're looking into the future of BART. Will it survive?
DOJ warns of spike in 'rainbow fentanyl' as dealers target young Bay Area teens
Rainbow fentanyl also referred as 'rainbow fent,' comes in the form of brightly-colored pills or powder that looks like sidewalk chalk. Investigators say dealers are using the bold colors to attract teens- in some cases pressing the drug into food like fruit loops.
CA wildfire insurance 'loophole' impacting Bay Area survivors dropped from carriers
The regulation proposed by the state's Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara in February would mandate that all insurance companies have to give California consumers discounts for reducing their wildfire risk - also known as "hardening your home."
FBI warns new variant of ransomware fraud targets hospital, medical device companies in Bay Area
The FBI reports most of the criminal organizations behind the ransomware attacks are operating overseas - some even traced to cyber espionage groups in China and Russia. Here's what you can do to protect yourself:
Scammers hack into Bay Area victims' phones accessing photos, camera and location in crypto fraud
Be careful what you download. Here's what you need to know about a new crypto scam hacking into victims' phones.