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.
From two Olympic Games to the first Super Bowl fifty years ago, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has a rich and storied history.
OMS is so rare that only about 200 children are diagnosed each year in the United States.
Millions of people were trying to get into or out of Southern California on Wednesday.
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.
A Torrance man who was critically injured in last year’s Boston bombings has returned to the city for the marathon.
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.
Residents of a Winnetka neighborhood are bothered after a dog was shot in the face by police.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
All Saints Episcopal Church has received hate mail after agreeing to host the national convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council next weekend.
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.
A California State University Long Beach professor is being called a neo-Nazi and a white supremacist for preaching white rights.
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.
When she spoke to CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Serene Branson Wednesday evening, Eva Walden felt hopeless about the criminal justice system.
Eight years ago, a local 16-year-old was attacked with a crowbar and left in a coma.
Two armed men robbed a pair of jewelry carriers in Santa Monica Tuesday afternoon, authorities reported.
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.
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.
An Antelope Valley teen died after she visited four different hospitals before she was diagnosed with Valley Fever.
The lawyer for William McPherson — Tony Capozzola — insists his client is no murderer.
A 43-year-old Hermosa Beach woman is dead and now detectives are trying to determine if it was a murder or suicide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fifty years after Marilyn Monroe’s death, questions still remain. Did Monroe take her own life or did someone take it for her?
A controversial new book makes several stunning claims about the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murders in 1994.
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.
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.
The parents of the two USC students who were fatally shot near campus have flown in from China, authorities reported.
Officials are on the hunt for a bank robber in Chino recently dubbed the “AK-47 bandit.”
Residents of an affluent Toluca Lake neighborhood were on alert Wednesday night following a rash of burglaries that police said targeted gold.
The FBI is going after a suspected child predator, who may be in Los Angeles, by plastering his face across local billboards.
A 31-year-old postal worker died Wednesday after his legs were severed in a freak accident Tuesday in Boyle Heights, police said.
It’s being called “Facebook on steroids”. The hot new social media site called Pinterest already has millions of users.