Sharon Chen joins Fox 5 San Diego as the newest team member. Sharon was born in Chicago, but grew up in Claremont, California. She considers herself a California native and could not be happier to be living and reporting in San Diego.
Recognizable from her 6 years as a Reporter at XETV San Diego 6 News, Sharon is a Multi-Emmy nominated and award winning journalist. She began her career at KDUH-TV, an ABC affiliate in Scottsbluff Nebraska. There she learned to do just about every job imaginable. Her job title should have read “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer”. In addition to Reporting and Anchoring, she did everything from shooting her own stories, to producing and she even braved the cold Mid-west winters to shoot on the sidelines for high school football. Despite the tough times and temperatures, Sharon always says the time spent in Nebraska was the most valuable, she could not have had a better start to her career. In the Cornhusker state, Sharon also worked at the CBS affiliate, KOLN/KGIN as Anchor Reporter.
After 4 years in Nebraska, Sharon left the Plains for the Rockies. She landed At the NBC affiliate, KOAA 5/30 News in Colorado Springs, Colorado as Reporter/Anchor. She covered the Hayman Fire, one of the largest wildfires in state history. She also had the rare opportunity to explore the inner workings of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command deep inside Cheyenne Mountain.
From Colorado, Sharon moved to the warmer temperatures of Honolulu, Hawaii where she landed as Reporter for KHNL Channel 8 News. For 3 years, she traveled the Hawaiian Islands covering numerous hurricanes to the city’s Public Bus Strike that earned her the first Emmy nomination.
Sharon counts San Diego as the highlight in her career where she was able to keep the public informed during the 2007 Wildfires. She also traveled to China where she visited the Bi Feng Xia Panda Reserve to cover two San Diego Zoo Pandas contributing to the research of extinction.
In her spare time, Sharon likes to spend time with her husband Mike biking, taking walks on the beach and traveling. She loves to shop, read and especially cook…particularly baking cupcakes – which Mike says makes him a Chubby Hubby.
What’s on your iPod?
A little of everything… from Frank Sinatra to Duran Duran (Yes, I was a Duranie).. to Lady Gaga – a girl has to have tunes to work out to!
Which professional sport would you play and why?
Ski Team Member, I love to ski and nothing beats speeding down a mountain slope, but Professional Kickball is a close second because I’ve got skills!!!
If you were not in TV news, what profession would you choose?
That’s hard because I LOVE news, but most likely Veterinarian… I love animals.
What’s something that no one knows about you?
My great great Grand Uncle was the tutor to the Last Emperor of China.
Dinner for 5, who would you invite? (Dead or alive)
My Hubby, My Grandparents (I miss them very much) and Audrey Hepburn… there’s no one more classy or elegant than Audrey!!