Hermela Aregawi joined CBS2/KCAL as a general assignment reporter in November, 2018. Of the half a dozen cities Hermela has lived in, LA is the only one she’s come back to. She’s delighted to now call it home.
Hermela comes to Los Angeles after reporting for more than two years in the Bay Area, covering major stories including the devastating 2017 North Bay fires that killed dozens and scorched more than 200,000 acres, the Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people, and massive protests including those in the aftermath of President Trump’s election that at times got violent.
Before coming back to California, Hermela was in New York City for three years working as a correspondent and digital producer for Al Jazeera America. There she focused on issue-centered features from the pains of opioid addiction and recovery to the impact of the rise of islamophobia on Muslim-American families in the NYC area.
Previously, Hermela was a presenter and segment producer for both Current TV and The Young Turks online in LA. During her time at The Young Turks, Hermela was part of the award-winning coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election. Hermela started her broadcast career as a production assistant and associate producer with Judge Joe Brown and Judge Judy. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism.
Hermela was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has also lived in Oxford, MS and Memphis, TN. She came to the U.S. at the age of seven and almost immediately got hooked on talk shows, namely The Oprah Winfrey Show and news magazine shows like 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Hermela would put on her mom’s heels at a young age and play host and reporter. I guess you could say it was destiny.