My best friends and I have a simple saying when we're together -- "We're lucky!"
It's proclaimed with a smile, gratitude and an exclamation point. I feel the same way about living in one of the most beautiful places on earth and working with such a talented team of news professionals.
It's hard to pinpoint when natural curiosity became a lifelong commitment to learn and share information. Ask my mother and she'll tell you I was an inquisitive child whose favorite word was, "Why?" Somewhere between two and twenty, yearbook editor and radio reporter, I signed on as an eager intern in a television newsroom. What followed is more than 25 years of anchoring and reporting.
The journey has put me on the frontlines of the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, the Rodney King riots and fires in Southern California, Santa Cruz County and Big Sur. Today, working out of our San Jose bureau, I am thrilled to be immersed in the energy, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley.
Regardless of the headline, the privilege of being a reporter is always in meeting people who share their stories. Ordinary and extraordinary individuals remind us everyday news is not an event or issue, but something personal with impact and emotion.
My passion for communicating these stories has garnered awards and recognition. The Associated Press (AP) and Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) have given me the highest honors for news reporting and breaking news coverage. There are also tributes from the California State Senate and numerous organizations for volunteerism in support of missions making our communities a better place.
As often and as far away as possible, I have my family asking, "Why?" They wonder why I would jump out of an airplane or off a bridge. I smile, with gratitude, and give them an answer with an exclamation point.
Karina Rusk is a general assignment reporter for ABC7 News -- South Bay bureau. She has been reporting the news of Northern California throughout her career in Chico, Sacramento and Monterey. Rusk has been with ABC7 News since August of 2000.