Gene Kang is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News.
Gene, an Emmy Award-winning TV reporter, considers it a dream come true to work at KTLA. He’s no stranger to Southern California having previously worked as a reporter for KNBC.
In September 2020, he started working as a west coast network correspondent for France 24 International News, which is based in Los Angeles and broadcasts to a global audience of 800+ million homes.
Gene has 16 years of experience as a reporter and anchor in newsrooms across the country, including San Diego, Texas, Indiana and Kentucky. He’s won numerous awards, including an AP Award for best reporter, an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news team coverage.
Over the years, he’s interviewed many dignitaries and world figures, such as President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the 14th Dalai Lama. He began his news career behind the scenes as one of the youngest assignment editors at WMAQ.
Gene currently serves as senior vice president of programming for the LA chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Gene is a volunteer leader with the SGI-USA and helps support the peace and happiness of many members in Southern California. He’s a health enthusiast and promotes wellness as an online fitness trainer. An avid animal lover, his father is a veterinarian and his mother is a retired nurse in Chicago, where he grew up.
He’s part of the LGBTQ community and has been happily married for six years to his husband and best friend of 23 years, Dan Nevez.