Wayne Freedman | ABC7 KGO News Team
Wayne Freedman came to ABC7 in 1991 from CBS News, where he traveled the country while producing and reporting a weekly segment called, Only In America for CBS This Morning. He has lived, worked, and reported out of San Francisco since 1981.

Wayne has received 51 Emmy Awards along with multiple Edward R. Murrow awards---many of them for writing. The National Press Photographers Association has honored him several times for his videography and editing.

His book, IT TAKES MORE THAN GOOD LOOKS TO SUCCEED AT TELEVISION NEWS REPORTING, now in its Second Edition, is required reading for major college journalism programs in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Wayne Freedman earned his first regular byline in 1968, when he began a weekly column about life in middle school for what is now the Los Angeles Daily News. That same summer, he made his first money in television by working as a grip on an ABC Sports profile segment about heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston. It happened to be in San Francisco.



"I had a little help getting that job," says Wayne, who has deep roots with ABC. His father, Mike Freedman, began with the network in 1948, and pioneered the use of live, hand-held video cameras for coverage of news and sporting events.



"Dad took me into the field almost as soon as I could walk," says Wayne. "He told me that if I wanted to work in television, I should do the news. They don't cancel the news."



At ABC7, Wayne has done a little of everything, and a lot of it. In 1992, the station sent him alone to Moscow, where he produced and reported about Russia's Second Revolution. He has covered major hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, national elections, Superbowls, World Series, NBA Finals, NASA space missions, and traveled Route 66. Twice, he has crossed the country by train, visiting small towns and taking the pulse of America following the September 11th attacks.

"My philosophy is to find, small stories within large ones, and large stories in the small ones," says Freedman. "Those are the most telling."

Several times, Wayne's stories from ABC7 have appeared on ABC's World News Tonight.



Most days, you will find Wayne covering news stories with a still camera in his hand. His photographs from behind the scenes appear daily on Twitter @WayneFreedman. on Instagram as waynefreedmanabc7, and on his Facebook page.

Wayne Freedman graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a degree in Political Science.

In 1978, he completed his Masters Degree in Journalism from The University of Missouri at Columbia.

In his spare time, Wayne golfs competitively, and photographs golf courses. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, and also a Panelist for Golf Digest Magazine, rating Top 100 courses across the nation.

Wayne and his wife live in Marin County. Their daughter resides in New York City.

Wayne's Stories
ABC7 and Disney donates $15,000 to Santa Rosa's Redwood Empire Food Bank
Tis' the season for giving! ABC7 News and Disney donated $15,000 to Santa Rosa's Redwood Empire Food Bank to support the local communities in need.
Kincade Fire still causing problems long after flames are gone
When it rains-- it pours-- and that's a bad thing when it comes to storm-water runoff in the Kincade Fire zone. Volunteers are anxious to shore up burned home sites, hoping to keep toxins from entering the water system.
Iconic Jimtown Store in Healdsburg to close
Sonoma County's iconic and famous Jimtown Store has announced it will close doors for the last time on December 30.
Deer sporting its own headlights seen roaming Marin County
Holiday decorations can be dangerous-- even those outdoors. A deer with Christmas lights tangled in its antlers has been spotted in Marin County and this apparently happens more often than you may think.
Not just in San Francisco: Holiday car burglaries spike in North Bay
BE AWARE: According to data from Marin County Sheriffs Department, there have been 229 reported auto burglaries in 2019 so far. That's a 29% boost from 2018's total of 178 reported auto burglaries and the highest for the county in the last 7 years."
North Bay restaurant serves pre-Thanksgiving feast to 1,200 people
"If you don't give, you don't receive." Every year, a line forms around the block as Lotus Cuisine of India serves a pre-Thanksgiving feast to some 1,200 people -- not only in San Rafael, but also in Fairfax and Novato.
Napa restaurant dedicated to locals forced out of business
A restaurant beloved by North Bay locals is about to close its doors, and they're not happy about it.
Traffic delays, slippery roads and drenching rains impact Bay Area residents
The first storm in 190 days is rolling through the Bay Area and many are having to change holiday plans. Here's a look at the impact around the bay:
Driving tips from CHP, Sonoma Raceway to keep you out of trouble in the rain
Police and experts from the Sonoma Raceway Driving School have some suggestions for driving on slick roads... The first key point - Stop driving like it's summer.
Coffey Park Playground: Rebuilding what was lost
In Coffey Park-- it's not so much a phoenix rising from the ashes as a memory being reshaped from piles of dirt. What once was and will again be the Coffey Neighborhood Park and playground.