I’m Monique Ming Laven, an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor and reporter. I’ll see you on KIRO 7 News at 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Sacramento, California, with one foot in Berkeley. I’m a fourth-generation Cal Bear. Now that the Pac-12 is breaking up, that should not create any problems with you Huskies and Cougs …
Why did you become a journalist?
I was hoping to become a history professor, and then I saw the “Eyes on the Prize” documentary. The power of video hooked me, and I wanted to capture history as it was being made.
What cities have you worked in during your journalism career?
I did my tour of duty in college towns before making Seattle my home. First was Lawrence, Kansas (University of Kansas Jayhawks), then Madison, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin Badgers), and then Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State Buckeyes).
What’s the most memorable story you’ve ever covered?
Going to New York to cover the 9/11 attacks changed everything for me. It grounded my commitment to my family, my profession, and my country.
What are you most proud of in your career in news?
Any time someone has told me that our coverage opened their eyes to something new or made them consider another person’s perspective.
What’s something people don’t know about you?
I have a dreadful singing voice, one of my dogs is named after an endearing mess of a character from ‘The Wire,’ and my great-grandfather, Fung Ming, was an interpreter for the U.S. Government in … Seattle.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Travel, walk my little monsters, do volunteer driving for Sound Generations and eat just about anything.