Kim Stephens broadcasts live for 5 ½ hours each day M-F in Fresno, Ca. She co-hosts Great Day with Kopi Sotiropulos and then anchors the Midday News. Her years of live reporting prepared her for this job that commonly calls for adlibbing breaking news all around the world. She and Kopi started this trend- setting show in 2003 and are the only local morning team to stay together this long.
Her career started in 1988 with a telecommunications degree from Chico State. Her first job was in Bakersfield at KERO where she worked her way up the ranks from morning anchor/reporter to weekend anchor/producer to weeknight anchor/reporter. (All the while working as a waitress during the day, and even working a few months at KERN radio for the midday news.)
She then moved to the southeast and worked as main nighttime anchor at WBIR and WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During that and her many community commitments, she also earned her master’s degree in broadcast management at The University of Tennessee.
In 2000 she got the opportunity to come back home to California. She worked in San Jose as a technology and business reporter, and weekend news anchor at KNTV.
Needing a better quality of life, she accepted the opportunity to start a brand new weekly news and entertainment program, Great Day on KMPH.
Aside from her responsibilities on Great Day, which includes many personal appearances, she serves on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences as Vice President for the Fresno market. She has three Emmy nominations, earned her first Emmy in 2016 and is a proud member of the prestigious NATAS Silver Circle. She was inducted to the Silver Circle in 2014 for her 25+ years in the TV news business. She also teaches News Writing at Fresno State, and Catechism at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis.
“Waking up at 2:00 a.m. is not a joy, I’ll be honest. But I love being off by noon so I can help inspire and teach our future broadcasters, and get to my boys’ basketball and baseball games. I’m always tired, but working on such a fun show in the morning is a kick. I learn something new every day. Working with a nice, creative crew makes it all worthwhile!”