SACRAMENTO — Local TV personality Sharon Ito has left Channel 10. Her last day was May 25.
Ito began in the business 30 years ago in radio and then came to TV news as a writer/ producer.
In her first stint at News10 from 1985 to 1990, she produced the weekend newscasts and reported on other days.
She left to report for a Los Angeles TV station, KCAL (Channel 9), then returned to Sacramento in 1993 to join KPWB (Channel 31) as an anchor reporter and later served as executive producer for the station’s evening newscasts.
Ito returned to News10 in 1996 as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. From 2002 to 2007, she co-anchored “News10 Good Morning” with Dan Elliott.
She moved online to develop and launch a major initiative on news10.net in 2007 as anchor of “Live Online,” conducting live studio interviews while holding an interactive chat with viewers.
Ito returned as a headline anchor for “News10 Good Morning” and continued her work as a web producer for news10.net. Most recently, she anchored breaking and national news on “News10@9.”
Among other honors, Ito received a Golden Mike Award from the Los Angeles Radio-TV News Directors Association for her work during the riots in 1992 and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for feature reporting and by the Associated Press for television news producing. She has been active with the Sacramento chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
A Sacramento native, Ito earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
The decision to take a career break hasn’t been an easy one, she says, but she feels it is important to spend more time with her 11-year-old daughter and family.
“Sharon has always been the gracious yet consummate professional in her work and her News10 family will miss her,” the station said in a statement. “But since her husband is News10 reporter George Warren, we expect to see her again — at least for a visit!”
Fans can continue to follow Ito on Facebook and Twitter.