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.

 

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

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

Grieving Grandmother Grateful She’ll See Justice For Murdered Grandson

When she spoke to CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Serene Branson Wednesday evening, Eva Walden felt hopeless about the criminal justice system.

10/18/2012

Grandmother Angry Teen’s Killer Is Set To Be Released From Prison Early

Eight years ago, a local 16-year-old was attacked with a crowbar and left in a coma.

10/17/2012

Armed Robbers Grab Nearly $300,000 In Jewelry From Carriers In Santa Monica

Two armed men robbed a pair of jewelry carriers in Santa Monica Tuesday afternoon, authorities reported.

10/09/2012

93-Year-Old Pilot, WWII Hero Goes Down Under For Top Honor

John Wells, a 93-year-old World War II pilot, recently returned to Australia for a plaque dedication in honor of the 22nd Bomb Group.

10/05/2012

Man, 85, Says He Was Roughed Up By Glendale Police After Resisting Arrest

Glendale police say they are conducting an internal investigation after an 85-year-old man came forward to say he was abused, manhandled and roughed up after jaywalking.

09/19/2012

Only On CBS2: Expert Sheds Light On Valley Fever After It Kills Antelope Valley Teen

An Antelope Valley teen died after she visited four different hospitals before she was diagnosed with Valley Fever.

09/18/2012

Lawyer: My Client’s Wife Committed Suicide, There Was No Murder

The lawyer for William McPherson — Tony Capozzola — insists his client is no murderer.

06/28/2012

Detectives Waver Between Murder Or Suicide In Death Of Hermosa Beach Woman

A 43-year-old Hermosa Beach woman is dead and now detectives are trying to determine if it was a murder or suicide.

06/20/2012

Son Of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs Awarded Full Scholarship To UCLA

Controversy was raised among the UCLA community Tuesday after a football scholarship was granted to the son of music mogul Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who is reportedly worth half a billion dollars.

05/29/2012

Some Santa Monica Residents Upset Over Flight School’s Groupon Deal

Some residents in Santa Monica are upset that the same flight school whose student pilot landed a plane on a house last year recently offered a discount on lessons.

05/24/2012

LAUSD Board Settles Sexual Harassment Claim Against Ramon Cortines

The Los Angeles Unified School District has made a settlement offer in a sexual-harassment claim filed by a senior management employee against retired Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

05/23/2012

Ex-LAPD Homicide Detective Arrested In Wife’s 2006 Hawaii Slaying

A retired LAPD homicide detective has been arrested in the fatal beating of his wife in Hawaii six years ago after being long suspected of the crime.

05/15/2012

Chefs Unite To Fight Calif. Ban On Foie Gras

Some famous chefs staged a food fight in Santa Monica Monday night, battling a new state law that bans foie gras, a popular French delicacy that some people say involves animal cruelty.

05/15/2012

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