Janelle Wang

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Janelle Wang
Alma mater University of California, San Diego
Occupation Television anchor
Home town San Francisco Bay Area
Television KNTV NBC Bay Area
Television anchor
KGO ABC7 San Francisco
Anchor, reporter, TV host (2003–2011)
KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland
Reporter (prior to 2003)
Website www.janellewang.com

Janelle Wang is an American journalist currently with NBC Bay Area KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area. She anchors the 5 PM news on weeknights and also reports on NBC Bay Area news at 6 PM.[1]

Previously, Wang was anchoring and reporting at KGO-TV ABC7. While there, she and Good Morning America alumnus Spencer Christian co-hosted the The View from the Bay during its entire four-year run.

In addition to her contributions for local TV, her work has appeared on multiple national television outlets, including ABC News, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.[2]

In 2009, she was chosen to fill in for Kelly Ripa and co-host with Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly.

Early life and education[edit]

Wang grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is of Chinese descent. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where she studied communications and economics.

Professional career[edit]

Currently, Wang anchors the 5 PM news on weeknights with co-anchor Raj Mathai, and also reports on global issues on NBC Bay Area news at 6 PM.[1][2]

She recently traveled to Sochi, Russia to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics.

She has also reported on a variety of notable news events throughout her career, including:[2][3][4]

Her daily trial notes from inside the courtroom of the Scott Peterson murder trial were posted online and read by people as far away as South America and Europe.[2]

Career History[edit]

Wang joined the team at NBC Bay Area in July 2011 after spending eight years with KGO.[5] She joined KNTV at the same time as Jon Kelley, and in a press release announcing the addition of the two journalists, Jonathan Mitchell, vice president of news for NBC Bay Area, stated, "We're very happy to add these two strong, experienced journalists to our newsroom. They join an award winning team that is dedicated to producing the deepest, most thorough newscasts in the Bay Area."[6]

Prior to joining KNTV, Wang was anchoring and reporting at ABC7 in San Francisco. She also hosted ABC7's daytime talk show "The View from the Bay". The live, 1-hour talk show aired weekdays and featured a studio audience. Janelle hosted more than 1000 "live" episodes during the show's 4-year run. She also co-hosted the show "Everyday Living" on the Live Well HD Network, which aired in 11 cities around the country including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Boston. She had been with KGO since February 2003.[3]

According to her official website bio,

During her time (at KGO), she hosted "The View from the Bay" for its entire 4 year run. She was nominated for multiple Emmys for her work on the "live" one-hour, daily talk show. Guests included Oprah, Joan Rivers, and the cast of Twilight, as well as political figures like Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She also cooked with celebrity chefs, including Curtis Stone, Hubert Keller, and Martin Yan. Wang's popularity and viewer appeal landed her a co-hosting spot with Regis Philbin on "Live with Regis and Kelly".[2]

Before returning to the Bay Area (Wang is a native of the Bay Area[4]), Wang worked in cities up and down the West Coast. She began her career in Medford, Oregon, and made stops in Salinas, California and Portland, Oregon.[1]

During her career, she has gained experience as an anchor, reporter, talk show host, producer, photographer, editor, and weather forecaster.

Personal life[edit]

In addition to being an avid San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers fan, she enjoys working within the Asian community and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.[4]

Wang has also trained at "Voicetrax", one of the nation’s premier voice over academies.[2]