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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
  • From the time he was born, 18-month-old Jude DeMatteis has been unable to digest proteins. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mystery Illness Plagues Toddler Who Must Live Off Feeding Tube to Survive

    From the time he was born, 18-month-old Jude DeMatteis has been unable to digest proteins. His parents said the toddler was often in pain and must live off a feeding tube to survive. Adding to the heartbreak, was the fact that Jude’s illness remained undiagnosed. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Click here if you’d like to contribute to a fund to help with the costs of Jude’s medical tests.

  • Ryan Aprea was captured on video recently hearing his mother's voice for the first time. (Credit: The Aprea Family/Spray Pal)

    Video Captures Huntington Beach Toddler Who Was Born Deaf Hearing Mother’s Voice for First Time

    A 2-year-old Huntington Beach boy who was born deaf got to hear his mother’s voice for the first time recently after receiving a cochlear implant. When Ryan Aprea was born more than two months premature in March 2012, he weighed in at less than two pounds, according to a page on Spray Pal, a company run by his parents that makes a spray for cloth diapers. He spent seven months in the hospital’s NICU. Last month, Ryan received a cochlear […]

  • The area of Lincoln and Martha avenues was flooded in Torrance on Dec. 16, 2014, as rain pelted the region. (Credit: happysun88/Instragram)

    Businesses Flooded, Vehicles Stranded Amid Burst of Heavy Rain in Torrance

    Motorists made their way though high water on several streets in Torrance late Tuesday afternoon as a burst of heavy rain dropped more than 3 inches of precipitation in the area. The deluge occurred amid a flash-flood warning that was issued for south-central Los Angeles County and was scheduled to remain in effect until 6:45 p.m., the National Weather Service said. Shortly before 6 p.m., radar indicated storms over Torrance had weakened and were drifting northwest toward Hawthorne, according to […]

  • Firefighter and paramedics help a woman rescued from the L.A. River on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAFD Swift-Water Rescue Team Saves 2 People Stranded in Raging L.A. River

    A couple clinging to trees in the middle of the rain-swollen Los Angeles River were helped to safety during a dangerous operation by a firefighter swift-water rescue team in the Atwater Village area Friday morning. Amid a continuing fierce rainstorm, rescuers were first called to the scene at 9:41 a.m., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. About an hour later, a man was located and taken to safety. He told rescuers that his wife was caught […]

  • Lontrell Turner, 16, was killed in Compton Sunday afternoon while walking home from church. (Credit: Family Photo)

    ‘My Whole World Just Stopped’ Says Mother of Teen Fatally Shot Coming Home From Church

    Lontrell Turner, 16, was killed in Compton Sunday afternoon while walking home from church. Now his family is pleading for help. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Dec. 10, 2014. Tipsters can contact L.A. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting “TIPLA” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). More information is available on http://www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

  • Employees from the Tommy Hilfiger West Hollywood clothing store make their way through the early morning rain after having their Christmas portrait made at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Mandatory Evacuations Underway as Powerful Storm Moves Into SoCal Bringing Threat of Heavy Rain, High Surf, Strong Winds

    A powerful storm that battered Oregon and the San Francisco Bay area earlier in the day began moving into Southern California Thursday night. The storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds, towering waves, dangerous lightning and possible flash flooding. The storm threat prompted both mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in multiple areas, where residents in burn areas spent the day stacking sandbags in hope of minimizing flood and mud damage. Forecasters predicted the “strong storm” could dump up […]

  • Erick and Alona Edwards,  left, are shown in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page. Their father, Alan Dean Edwards, is at right. All three were killed in a crash in the Grapevine on Dec. 8, 2014.

    Grapevine Crash That Left Father, 2 Children Dead May Have Been Deliberate: LASD

    Sheriff’s homicide detectives were on Tuesday investigating as possibly deliberate a crash that left two children and their 46-year-old father dead after the vehicle in which they were traveling slammed head-on into a parked big-rig off the 5 Freeway in Castaic. The collision occurred off the southbound freeway south of Templin Highway in the Grapevine (map) shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Alan Dean Edwards of Lancaster was killed, along with Erick Dean Edwards, 9, […]

  • Deshawnda Sanchez was shot on the porch of a home near Wilton Place and 62nd Street on Nov. 3, 2014. (Credit: Family Photo)

    Vigil Held for Transgender Woman Fatally Shot in South L.A.

    Transgender activists and their supporters held a vigil Friday night for a 21-year-old woman who was gunned down in South Los Angeles this week, saying they fear the death is part of an alarming trend of violence against trans women of color. The Washington-based National LGBTQ Task Force, which was organizing the Chesterfield Square vigil for Deshawnda Sanchez, called her death the 12th killing this year of Latina or black transgender woman. “There seems to be no end in sight to these […]

  • Deshawnda Sanchez was shot on the porch of a home near Wilton Place and 62nd Street on Nov. 3, 2014. (Credit: Family Photo)

    Transgender Woman Shot, Killed While Pounding on Door of South L.A. Home for Help

    Police were on Thursday investigating the death of a 21-year-old transgender woman who was gunned down while pounding on the front door of a South Los Angeles home seeking help. Deshawnda Sanchez, known as “Tata,” was shot around 4 a.m. Wednesday on the front porch of a home near South Wilton Place and West 62nd Street (map), according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “She was definitely at that door, pounding on that door seeking help at the time she […]