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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 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 […]

  • A small plane that crashed near Big Bear on Oct. 16, 2014, appeared severely damaged. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Injured When Small Plane Crashes Into Forest in Big Bear Area

    Three people were airlifted with injuries from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in a rugged forest area near Big Bear Lake on Thursday afternoon. The San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of the downed aircraft just after 2 p.m. The plane was 12 miles west of Big Bear Airport, west of Big Bear Dam, according to the a tweet from the U.S. Forest Service. The aircraft was found in a forested area off State […]

  • Tynisa Hicks, 37, was gunned down outside her South Los Angeles area home in front of her children and husband. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

    South L.A. Mother of 3 Gunned Down in Doorway in Front of Family; Reward Offered

    A reward of $10,000 was announced Wednesday in the death of Tynisa Hicks, who was gunned down outside her South Los Angeles area home in front of her children and husband. The 37-year-old was returning from a night out with her husband on June 6 when a car carrying two armed men pulled up in front of her home in the 1400 block of West 104th Street. The men opened fire on the couple, riddling the house with as many […]

  • Robert Guzman seen in a missing-persons flyer created by family members.

    Friends, Family Rally in Search for Missing Whittier Teenager

    Friends and family members were actively searching Tuesday for a 15-year-old boy from Whittier who disappeared last week. Robert “R.J.” Guzman Jr. was last seen by his father Wednesday night. Five days later, family members said they had had no contact with the teenager. On Tuesday, dozens of volunteers passed out fliers in hopes someone in the neighborhood might remember seeing the teenager. Guzman does not have a history of running away and did not appear upset recently, according to […]

  • An attendee's photo shows the memorial service for Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

    Memorial Service Held for Bell Gardens Mayor Shot by His Wife

    A memorial service was held Monday for Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo, who was gunned down by his wife during a domestic dispute. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.