I’m Deedee Sun, a 2x Emmy-award winning reporter and weekend anchor for KIRO 7. Join me every Saturday and Sunday for weekend news! You can also catch my reporting during the week. I’ve called the Seattle area home now for more than six years and simply love the Pacific Northwest.
7 Questions With Deedee Sun :
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Decatur, Illinois, the soybean capital of the world. I was born in Harbin, China then moved to Boston at age four. But I really experienced my formative years living in a small town, Midwest Americana, surrounded by very good people and the scent of processing soybeans.
Why did you become a journalist?
I love telling stories. Storytelling brings us together, empowers people, educates, and can help shape our world.
What cities have you worked in during your journalism career?
My first real TV job was in Erie, PA! I worked every reporting shift, first fill-in anchored there, and will always be grateful for the opportunity. I also was a reporter and weekend anchor in Wichita, KS and honed my craft there. Then I had the opportunity to learn from the best of the best at KIRO 7, working with the KIRO legends.
What’s the most memorable story you’ve ever covered?
The massive 2019 crane collapse in downtown Seattle immediately comes to mind. We saw on traffic cameras that a construction crane came loose and slammed onto Mercer Street below. It crushed six cars and killed four people. The scramble for information on scene and later, the work to hold people responsible accountable, was my first really “big” story in Seattle and I will never forget it.
What are you most proud of in your career in news?
We provided wall-to-wall nonstop coverage of the protests in Seattle that turned to riots, in the aftermath of George Floyd. I remember the chaos, the uncertainty, the throngs of people, the sudden blasts of choking pepper balls, and the cold unrelenting rain. I was a ground reporter that weekend. Afterward, I received so many emails and messages from viewers – all of you – thanking me for my work and for my delivery. A few that I saved: “I have been glued to KIRO… You were articulate, to the point, cautious, and professional” … “Thank you for the brave and accurate reporting”… and “Your professionalism and empathy are unmatched.” Being able to provide that information during those historic days and hear that that the compassion I try to bring to every story I cover came through in my reporting – that makes me proud. A big thank you to all who took the time to send me a note – it means a great deal.
What’s something people don’t know about you?
I bake sourdough almost weekly to fuel my husband’s unending appetite for bread.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Hiking, camping, foraging for mushrooms and other forest treats, cooking, and traveling!