Serene Branson

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Serene is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the recipient of the Frank Shakespeare Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area and proud Bruin, Serene is thrilled to be reporting on stories in her hometown.

Serene previously worked at the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, where she had the opportunity to cover state politics and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was one of only a handful of media witnesses chosen to watch the execution of convicted killer Clarence Ray Allen at San Quentin State prison. Serene also landed an exclusive interview with one of the few sexually violent predators released from the Atascadero State Mental Hospital. She has covered some of California’s largest natural disasters including wildfires and floods.

Serene started her career as an intern at KCAL 9. She has also worked as a reporter/anchor in Palm Springs and a reporter in Santa Barbara. When she’s not working Serene enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

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LAX Busy, But Appears To Be Operating Smoothly On Getaway Day

Millions of people were trying to get into or out of Southern California on Wednesday.

11/26/2014

John Odom, of Torrance, cheers on friends at the 2014 Boston Marathon - one year after he was critically injured during the bombings at the race. (credit: CBS)

Torrance Man Injured In Boston Bombings Returns To Cheer On Friend, Therapist At Marathon

John Odom endured 11 surgeries after he was wounded when two pressure cooker bombs went off near the end of the 26.2-mile course, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/21/2014

John Odom returned to Boston on the anniversary of the bombings that changed his life. (credit: CBS)

Torrance Man Nearly Killed In Boston Bombings Returns To City For Marathon

A Torrance man who was critically injured in last year’s Boston bombings has returned to the city for the marathon.

04/20/2014

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Couple Welcomes New Baby Months After Losing Only Child To High Speed Pursuit Driver

Almost a year after losing their only child to a driver in a high speed pursuit, a Lancaster family is celebrating the birth of a baby girl.

08/26/2013

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Dog Hospitalized After Officer-Involved Shooting

Residents of a Winnetka neighborhood are bothered after a dog was shot in the face by police.

03/25/2013

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Mom Sickened After She Claims Hidden Cameras Captured Caregivers Physically Abuse 31-Year-Old Autistic Son

A mother is devastated after she said hidden cameras captured caregivers of a Mission Hills-based autistic services organization physically abuse her 31-year-old disabled son.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/18/2013

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False Reports Of Dorner Sightings Spike After Reward Offered

Law enforcement officials have been flooded with calls from the public after offering a $1 million reward for any information leading to the capture of triple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner.

02/11/2013

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Only On KCAL9: Woman Speaks Out After LAPD Catches Alleged Serial Killer Tied To Mother’s Murder

LAPD detectives say DNA evidence has linked Samuel Little, a 72-year-old career criminal, to the murders of three Southland women in the 80’s.

01/09/2013

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Santa Monica Officials Consider Fining Fitness Instructors For Using Parks

In a city where fitness is held at a premium, Santa Monica officials are considering a big fine on aerobics instructors who use public parks to teach.

01/03/2013

Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, stars of "Django Unchained," share a laugh at the NYC premiere. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment)

For Controversy, Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Is Off The Hook

Director Spike Lee called the movie “disrespectful” to slavery and says he won’t see it. PEOPLE’s Alynda Wheat, who is, incidentally, a black woman, said “The first hour is brilliant.”

12/28/2012

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Only On 2: Parents Of Toddler Killed By Lancaster Chase Suspect Speak Out

The parents of a two-year-old girl who was killed in a Lancaster car crash last week talked to CBS2 Wednesday about their grief and their loss.

12/12/2012

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Episcopal Church Receiving Hate Mail For Agreeing To Host Muslim Conference

All Saints Episcopal Church has received hate mail after agreeing to host the national convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council next weekend.

12/05/2012

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Churches Thwart Nativity Ban By Putting Up Living Displays In Santa Monica

Churches have found a way to keep the decades-old Christmas nativity display alive in Santa Monica following a controversial ban on having the scenes in a public park.

12/04/2012

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CSULB Professor Under Fire For ‘White Supremacist’ Beliefs

A California State University Long Beach professor is being called a neo-Nazi and a white supremacist for preaching white rights.

11/05/2012

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Registered Sex Offenders Found Living In Several L.A. County Polling Places

CBS2/KCAL9 discovered at least six polling places in L.A. County, such as apartment complexes or mobile home communities, where registered sex offenders live.

11/05/2012

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