John Sasaki

John Sasaki has been delivering the big news of the day to the Bay Area since 1996. He works primarily as a reporter for KTVU Channel 2 News at 5, 6, and 10, but also often joins the crew on Mornings on 2 and The KTVU Morning News as a fill-in anchor.

Sasaki started his career in journalism as an associate producer at KNSD, the NBC station in San Diego. From there he traveled east to become a reporter at NBC's KYMA in Yuma, Arizona. After a short stint there he moved to Reno, Nevada to become the weekend anchor at CBS affiliate, KTVN Channel 2. Then it was time to come back to the Bay Area.

A native of the East Bay, Sasaki graduated from Berkeley High School where, he is proud to say, he founded the Men's Lacrosse Team. He even still plays in the school's annual alumni game. Later, he graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in psychology.

Since returning to the Bay Area, Sasaki has covered some of the region's biggest stories. He was one of the first reporters to cover the disappearance of Laci Peterson. He's covered countless major wildfires, including the Angora Fire at Lake Tahoe in 2007, and he was also KTVU's first reporter to cover San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision to allow same-sex marriage. Sasaki has also covered countless major Bay Area sports stories. He went with the Oakland Raiders to the Superbowl in San Diego, followed the San Francisco Giants to the World Series, and reported as the Warriors electrified the Bay Area with its playoff run in 2007.

Over the years, Sasaki has garnered a number of awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. But the one that's most important to him came in 2004. That's when the readers of Diablo Magazine voted him Best Reporter, in the magazine's Best of the East Bay poll.

In his spare time, Sasaki works closely with numerous charities including The Special Olympics, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, Comfort for Kids, The Ronald McDonald House, and The Berkeley Athletic Fund. In his spare time, you can find Sasaki snow-skiing, snorkeling, or eating sushi.

Latest from John Sasaki

AT&T Park activity underway, one day before Game 3

One day before Game 3 of the World Series is set to kick off; the activity at AT&T Park is already picking up steam. The Royals wrapped up their off-day practice, and the Giants took the field afterwards. "You want to gain home field advantage," said Giants Broadcaster Mike Krukow ...

Orange October continues as Giants, fans prep for World Series

The World Series starts on Tuesday, and the Giants got in a final workout Saturday afternoon before hitting the road for Kansas City. The air there was buzzing with excitement. Fans could barely contain themselves. But the players were moving on to the task at hand. The Giants ran a ...

UC Berkeley deals with rash of sexual assault allegations

Sexual assault is a serious issue at colleges and universities across the country. In Berkeley as of Friday, the University of California is dealing with numerous allegations of sexual assault. One allegation involves five victims and a date rape drug. Berkeley Police said they are talking with a sexual assault ...

Antioch resident fed up with crime demands recall of mayor

A disgruntled Antioch resident unhappy with the city's rising crime problem is spearheading an effort to revamp the local government by pushing for a recall of the mayor. There was some pronounced dissatisfaction among voters that KTVU spoke with Wednesday. Not a good sign for Mayor Wade Harper. Antioch is a ...

New program encourages students to consider junior college

Bay Area students looking for a promising future are being encouraged to consider junior college. Berkeley and its schools, including City College, unveiled a new program that can guarantee a pathway to a four year university, all while providing students other avenues into the workforce. Berkeley City College offers students ...

Spectators react to nerve-racking window-washer rescue

It brought Downtown Oakland to a stop - as people watched a rescue unfold above them. Firefighters went to the top of the building at 1111 Broadway and slowly pulled two trapped window washers to safety. "If it was me, I'd already have a heart attack up there," said chuckling ...

Victim of brazen Walnut Creek thief speaks out

Imagine having a nice lunch at your favorite busy restaurant, then a while later, you realize your wallet has been cleaned out, everything stolen. It's the kind of crime that happens all over the Bay Area. And on Monday, it happened in Walnut Creek and it was all caught on ...

2 sexual assault incidents recently reported at St. Mary's College

Small St. Mary's College nestled in the hills of Moraga is dealing with a big city problem. There have been two sexual assaults reported since mid-September. On Friday afternoon, many students would surely be celebrating the arrival of the weekend - but perhaps with greater care because of news of ...

Efforts underway to clean-up problem Oakland apartments

A new effort is underway in Oakland to tackle a long-time problem apartment complex. Hillside Apartments in East Oakland are considered so dangerous; many residents have nicknamed them Killside Apartments. The city of Oakland is now suing the building owners to force them to clean things up. From a distance, ...

Woman accused of driving with DPT officer on hood of car pleads not-guilty to assault & battery

The woman accused of driving through San Francisco with a city worker on the hood of her car for a mile made her first court appearance Wednesday. 33-year-old Bo Mounsombath is facing three felony charges. "This defendant is charged with assault, battery and she's also charged with hit and run," ...

 
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