- KCRAReporter, present
Sharokina Shams joined KCRA 3 in August 2006 and soon found herself covering stories that gained national attention, such as the devastating Southern California wildfires in October 2007, the death of famed 49ers coach Bill Walsh and the Angora wildfire at Lake Tahoe.
Before joining KCRA 3, Sharokina was the political reporter at KSEE-24, the NBC station in Fresno, where she extensively covered the recall election that brought Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to power.
Before she started her television career, Sharokina was a reporter for The Modesto Bee. There, she was part of a team of reporters who won the California Newspaper Publishers Association award for "Best Environmental Reporting" for their series on the Wesley tire fire and its effects on the health of residents in Wesley and Patterson. She also covered the political scandal surrounding former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit and his connection to Chandra Levy, a former Washington intern and Modesto resident.
Sharokina was born in Iran and came to the United States with her family when she was two years old. She speaks Assyrian and Farsi and used to work as a tutor, helping recent immigrants learn the English language.
Sharokina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University, Stanislaus, where she was editor of the university newspaper. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.