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Kimberly Cheng is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News.

She joined KTLA in May 2013. An L.A. native, Cheng is proud to tell stories that affect her hometown.

Prior to joining KTLA, Cheng was a fill-in anchor, reporter and multimedia journalist at the ABC affiliate in Phoenix.

Cheng also worked at the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs, California. She has worn several hats: anchor, producer, reporter and red carpet host.

Fight on! Cheng is a proud graduate from the University of Southern California where she earned a double-degree in broadcast journalism and political science.

Cheng's professional background stretches beyond news. After graduating from USC, she worked for a prominent residential and commercial real estate developer. She also worked in commercial video production for one of the world's largest automakers.

Cheng is Cambodian-Chinese-American. Her parents and siblings came to the U.S. as refugees. They were forced to escape their homeland after years of torture and genocide under the Pol Pot regime. Without speaking a word of English and without a dime, her family started over. Her parents opened a donut shop in Los Angeles, which they ran for decades. Cheng's first job was serving coffee and donuts.

She has said her family's struggles are what motivate her to succeed.

In her free time, Cheng likes to stay active. Her hobbies include hiking, biking along the beach, dancing and singing.

Recent Articles
  • A newly release crime scene photo of the fatal shooting of Clayton Shuford in South Los Angeles on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

    New Crime Scene Photos Released in Shooting Death of Teen in South L.A.

    Sheriff’s officials released never-before-seen photos from the crime scene on Wednesday in hopes of generating new leads in the shooting death of Clayton Shuford last June. The 18-year-old was found shot to death in his car on June 6 near 91st Street and Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Tipsters can contact L.A. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting “TIPLA” plus the tip […]

  • The NASA rocket Antares exploded upon launch in Wallops Island, Virginia, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (Credit: NASA)

    Unmanned NASA Rocket Antares Explodes in Midair Seconds After Launch

    An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded in midair early Tuesday evening, producing huge flames and loud booms along the eastern Virginia coast but no injuries or deaths. Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft had been set to launch at 6:22 p.m. ET from the Wallops Flight Facility along the Atlantic Ocean, carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station. It exploded about six seconds after launch. What was left of the spacecraft and […]

  • A surveillance picture of two people sought for attempted murder in the hit-and-run crash of a man in a liquor store parking lot in South Los Angeles. (Credit: LAPD)

    Couple Sought for Running Over Man Twice in Videotaped Hit-and-Run in South L.A. (Graphic Content)

    Police were asking for the public’s help Monday in identifying a man and a woman seen on surveillance video from a liquor store who were later involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian hospitalized. It happened just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 1 in the parking lot of Jerry’s Liquor Store in the 4200 block of S. Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles, according to a Facebook post by the LAPD’s Southwest Community Police Station. Surveillance video showed […]

  • Eight firefighters were injured while battling a fire in Venice that broke out Oct. 25, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    8 Firefighters Injured While Battling ‘Stubborn’ Blaze at Venice Storage Facility: LAFD

    Eight firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at a Venice storage facility, which took over 14 hours to knockdown, fire department officials said Sunday. Over 200 firefighters had worked to extinguish a fire at the Extra Space Storage facility located in the 600 block of Venice Boulevard (map), which broke out around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Of seven firefighters injured, five were treated for heat exhaustion, one sustained small burns and another had a back injury. Three were hospitalized and were […]

  • A family friend provided this photo of Ximena Meza, 9, who was shot and killed while playing in her Anaheim home's front yard on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Anaheim Police Offer Reward in Shooting Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

    The Anaheim Police Department offered a $50,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 9-year-old girl the previous day. The Anaheim Police Association also offered an additional $5,000 reward. The coroner’s office identified Ximena Meza as the young girl who was struck by gunfire while playing in a home’s front yard in 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue (map). The incident was reported at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Bob Dunn […]

  • Two sketches were released in the slaying of taco shop owner Jose Padilla in June. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

    Sketches Released in Father’s Day Slaying of Lynwood Taco Shop Owner

    The owner of a popular Lynwood taco shop was gunned down at his own restaurant after celebrating Father’s Day with his family back in June. Jose Padilla was closing up when three armed men burst into the restaurant through a back door, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The father of six and grandfather of 11 was shot 10 times in the chest, his daughter Miriam Padilla said. The 65-year-old was taken to a local hospital where he later […]

  • Madison Elaine Triplett, 17, crowned  Rose Queen for the 2015 Tournament of Roses. (Credit: KTLA)

    Madison Triplett Named Rose Queen for 2015 Tournament of Roses

    Madison Elaine Triplett, 17, of John Marshall Fundamental High School, was chosen to preside over the 2015 Tournament of Roses at a coronation ceremony on Tuesday evening in Pasadena. Triplett, of Altadena, will serve as the 97th Rose Queen. Out of 700 young women who participated in a monthslong process in hope to becoming Rose Queen for the tradition-filled annual event, the field was winnowed to just seven on Oct. 6, when the Royal Court was named. The Rose Princesses […]

  • A man was detained after he allegedly stole an ambulance in downtown L.A. on Oct. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Being Treated for Hallucinations Allegedly Steals Ambulance, Crashes It in Downtown L.A.

    A man being treated by paramedics for hallucinations in downtown L.A. was taken into custody Friday night after he allegedly stole the vehicle and crashed it, causing two people to sustain minor injuries,  authorities said. Los Angles Fire Department paramedics were assisting a man in the back of an ambulance when he ripped the IVs out of his arm, jumped out the back of the vehicle and fled on foot, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Will Batista said. The incident occurred in the 200 block of […]

  • Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is shown in a photo posted to his Facebook page in 2012.

    2 People Arrested in Connection to CSUN Student’s Death: LAPD

    Two people were recently arrested in connection to the death of a CSUN student from Saudi Arabia whose body was found one month after the 23-year-old went missing, police said Sunday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi was last seen at his Northridge home on Sept. 17. Within days he became the subject of a Los Angeles Police Department missing persons investigation. The FBI assisted in the case at the request of police. Alkadi’s body was found just before midnight Thursday off the 10 […]