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Rachel Kim

Reporter
WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA

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Bio:

Rachel Kim joined the Channel 2 Action News team in January 2006.

Before coming to Channel 2 Action News, the Los Angeles native was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. Just weeks into her tenure there, Rachel experienced first-hand the rigors of working in “Tornado Alley.” She covered the May 8, 2003 tornado as it ripped through several central Oklahoma communities and reported on the devastation it left behind. She also covered the state trial of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.

Prior to her work in Oklahoma City, Rachel was a weekend anchor and reporter at KAMR/KCIT-TV in Amarillo, Texas. When she was not producing and anchoring KCIT-TV’s weekend evening newscasts, Rachel was reporting on the day’s news. Her responsibilities also included reporting on and producing a weekly report called “Daycare Decisions” which informed the community about how local daycares scored in their inspections by the Texas Department of Human Services. Rachel was also a member of the Investigative Team. Among the many stories she covered in Amarillo, Rachel says she’ll never forget the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.

Rachel began her broadcasting career at the University of Southern California where she reported for the campus newscast. “I had the opportunity to cover a variety of issues...but I’ll never forget reporting from the red carpet at the Emmys and Oscars.” The proud Trojan graduated with bachelors degrees in communications and English and earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism.

In addition to her reporting duties, Rachel is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association Atlanta Chapter. She has been elected as Secretary for 2007.

Rachel moved to Atlanta to join the WSB-TV family less than a year after losing her mother to pancreatic cancer. She was determined to help bring more awareness about the disease to her new home. She is a member of the Atlanta chapter of The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PanCAN. PanCAN works to focus attention on the need to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and funds research grants for pancreatic cancer, as well as providing patient services.

When Rachel’s not covering the news, she enjoys exploring all that Georgia has to offer. Rachel says the people here are some of the nicest people she’s ever met and she can see what southern hospitality is all about. “Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, it’s absolutely wonderful living in such a diverse city that’s full of culture.” In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading, cooking Korean food, and visiting her family and friends all across the country.

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