Amber Lee

Amber Lee

Reporter

I am a proud native San Franciscan. I speak fluent Cantonese, thanks to my parents who immigrated here from China and Hong Kong. As a child, I loved reading, writing and watching the news. I graduated from Lowell High School and San Francisco State University. My fifth grade teacher and my high school English teacher were influential in encouraging me to pursue a career that emphasized writing. I consider myself very lucky because I knew early on what I wanted to do in terms of a career. My curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and love of people led me to a career as a journalist. My first reporter job took me to a television station in Reno where I quickly learned how a city relatively close to the Bay Area could be so different. My next stop was the Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz area where I reported and anchored. Before I knew it, I was back in the Bay Area where I always wanted to be. When I first returned, I was a reporter for another television station in San Francisco and I was a part-time correspondent for CNN in the San Francisco Bureau. In 1997, I joined KTVU and it was a dream come true. I love the challenge of getting “exclusives” such as my jailhouse interview with “Shrimp Boy. ” Being a general assignment reporter, I get to cover a wide range of stories: from breaking news to features. Winning awards such as the Emmys and Edward R. Murrow are great, but what I find most rewarding is when people are willing to share their stories with me. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and of course, shopping. I’m also a huge dog lover.

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Peninsula small business owners grateful to reopen

On Monday night, just hours after the governor lifted the Bay Area stay-at-home order, some restaurants were already welcoming back customers for the first time in nearly two months.

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Deputy Oakland police chief loses close family friend in recent homicide

Police Deputy Chief LeRonne Armstrong lost his godsister in one of the recent homicides in Oakland. Lashawn Buffin, 52, was shot on Saturday while in her own home. Her home was riddled with bullets. At least 15 shots were fired. She died on Tuesday. She was not the intended target police say.