Kristen Sze co-anchors the ABC7 Morning News with Eric Thomas and co-anchors the ABC7 Midday News with Cheryl Jennings. She also reports for Assignment 7 on ABC7 News at 6.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Sze covered the devastating 1999 earthquake in Taiwan, her birthplace. She provided on-site reports of the tragedy and was the only reporter representing Bay Area television stations. Since joining ABC7, Sze won a 2002 Emmy as host of ABC7's "Profiles of Excellence," recognizing Asian-Americans who have served their community in an exemplary fashion. Sze also earned an Emmy nomination for her reporting on the Damming of the Yangtze River in China, where she traveled to in October of 2002 to get a first hand look at the controversial engineering project.
In 1999, Sze won an Emmy Award for best children and youth segment for "Spin-Out School," a story about a unique driving school targeting teenagers.
Sze joined ABC7 News in July 1998, after working as the New York-based correspondent for the national television news magazine, EXTRA. Her many assignments included reports on the Monica Lewinsky investigation, the death of Michael Kennedy and a rare at-home profile of Muhammad Ali.
Prior to working at EXTRA, she was a reporter and substitute anchor for WPVI-TV, the ABC owned station in Philadelphia.
A Bay Area resident since the age of eight, Sze received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. She is member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. A scholarship from the Asian American Journalists Association enabled Sze to study at Oxford University in England. She later became the scholarship coordinator for that organization.
Sze enjoys working with students to encourage their journalistic pursuits, having recently spoken to students at San Francisco State, and her alma maters: UC Berkeley and Aragon High School in San Mateo.
Sze has also volunteered her time to a number of community organizations, among them the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco, the Chinese American Voter Education Committee, Chinatown Community Children's Center, San Mateo County's Childcare Coordinating Council, Self Help for the Elderly, Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Professional Businesswomen's Conference, Rotary Club of San Mateo's "Reach for the Stars," honoring high school leaders. She has also worked with both the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame and the Crisis Center where she has been a crisis counselor and helped fundraise for San Francisco City College's Culinary Arts and Hospitalities program.
Kristen has been nominated for Best Anchor on the BayList: vote for her at http://ctvr.us/kristensze