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
Airbnb: Some Sonoma County vacation rentals skirt shelter-in-place guidelines amid COVID-19
'IT IS REPREHENSIBLE': During the coronavirus outbreak, Sonoma County has deemed hotels, motels and vacation rentals by owners to be non-essential businesses, but that has not stopped some people from trying to make a buck.
'Times are tough': Residents flock to pop-up food bank in Santa Rosa amid COVID-19 crisis
'TIMES ARE TOUGH RIGHT NOW': So many cars were packed outside Santa Rosa's Redwood Empire Food Bank Thursday afternoon, volunteers started handing out food an hour early.
Coronavirus impact: Sonoma Co. business owners battle with insurance during COVID-19 outbreak
"Insurance is a ridiculous hoax." Many of those Sonoma County business owners say they're caught in a battle with insurance companies over whether the coronavirus pandemic counts.
'We're a lot like anyone else': Joe Rodota Trail homeless open up about Sonoma County's plan for new shelter
"We're not that bad. We're from all walks of the world. Just need a place to be." Those living on the Joe Rodota Trail open up about Sonoma County's new plan to move many of them to a shelter 10 miles out of town.
Community reacts to deadly avalanche at Alpine Meadows Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
'SADNESS AND SHOCK': The ski community is reacting to a horrific tragedy Friday in Alpine Meadows - An avalanche that killed one man and seriously injured another.
Storm brings heavy rain, flooding, even snow to Bay Area
The rain came down hard on Thursday in the Bay Area. Snow was even spotted in the area, along with strong winds.
Sonoma Co. votes to move homeless camped along Joe Rodota Trail to Los Guilicos County Park
Sonoma County hopes to have the Joe Rodota Trail cleared and its homeless moved by the end of this month.
Financial fate of wildfire victims in long-term limbo with FEMA, PG&E at odds
After the Tubbs Fire, FEMA earned a reputation as a hero. "Now, they're a zero," said fire victim Mike Williams. Here's why.
Santa Rosa residents raise concern about homeless housing in their neighborhoods
"I feel the county is not handling this property and dumping this issue on us without transparency," Sonoma Co. residents and officials weigh in on the county's plan to house the homeless living on Joe Rodota Trail encampment.
Suspect's identity released in Sonoma abduction, sexual assault of teen who was walking to school
49-year-old Jesse Leon Granado-Lopez of Sonoma was arrested in connection with the abduction and sexual assault yesterday of a 14-year-old Sonoma girl as she walked to school.