Serene Branson

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Serene Branson (CBS)

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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What It’ll Take To Get LA Memorial Coliseum Ready For Rams

From two Olympic Games to the first Super Bowl fifty years ago, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has a rich and storied history.

02/07/2016

Family Helps Young Daughter Manage Rare Neurological Disorder

OMS is so rare that only about 200 children are diagnosed each year in the United States.

09/11/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Allegations Emerge About Marilyn Monroe’s Final Hours

Fifty years after Marilyn Monroe’s death, questions still remain. Did Monroe take her own life or did someone take it for her?

05/11/2012

Controversial Author Says O.J. Didn’t Kill But Knows Who Did

A controversial new book makes several stunning claims about the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murders in 1994.

05/11/2012

LA On Heightened Alert For Anniversary Of Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Police in Los Angeles and across the country went into a heightened state of alert Monday night, the day before the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

04/30/2012

Widow Of Postal Worker Killed On Duty Wants Justice, Policy Changes

A Lawndale widow Wednesday night demanded justice for her husband, who was killed while delivering U.S. mail by a man driving a “bandit” taxi without a driver’s license.

04/18/2012

Relatives Of 2 Slain USC Students Fly In From China To Meet With Investigators

The parents of the two USC students who were fatally shot near campus have flown in from China, authorities reported.

04/16/2012

Officials On The Hunt For Chino Bank Robber Recently Dubbed ‘The AK-47 Bandit’

Officials are on the hunt for a bank robber in Chino recently dubbed the “AK-47 bandit.”

03/14/2012

Burglars Targeting Gold In Upscale Toluca Lake Neighborhood

Residents of an affluent Toluca Lake neighborhood were on alert Wednesday night following a rash of burglaries that police said targeted gold.

03/08/2012

FBI Takes Out LA Billboards To Catch Suspected Child Predator

The FBI is going after a suspected child predator, who may be in Los Angeles, by plastering his face across local billboards.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/07/2012

Postal Worker Dies After Legs Severed In Freak Fatal Accident

A 31-year-old postal worker died Wednesday after his legs were severed in a freak accident Tuesday in Boyle Heights, police said.

02/29/2012

Pinterest Among Fastest Growing Social Media Sites Among Women

It’s being called “Facebook on steroids”. The hot new social media site called Pinterest already has millions of users.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/28/2012

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