Shannon Brinias is a five-time Emmy nominated anchor and was chosen as the 2012 Gracie Award-winner for news anchoring. Since 2012, she has anchored CBS 13 News at 5 and 10 Monday-Friday alongside co-anchor Sam Shane.
Her career has taken her to six states in the Western U.S., and she’s excited to call Sacramento home. During her career, Shannon has covered Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapping, the Oakland Fire, floods and tornadoes. She has a passion for telling stories that make people care.
She has been named Best Emcee by the Colorado Springs Gazette and a “Woman of Influence” by the CS Business Journal. She has served on the chapter board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentored teen moms, and volunteers her time with March of Dimes, Girl Scouts and Junior League of Sacramento.
When she isn’t working, Shannon and her family enjoy exploring the highways and byways of Northern California and the Sierra. She loves cooking, gardening, and boating with friends.
Getting Answers with Shannon Brinias
1) How long have you lived in Northern California? Just celebrated my year anniversary here!
2) Where are you from originally? Scottsdale, AZ, but mostly grew up in Seattle
3) Do you have any siblings? A sister who’s a nurse
4) Do you have any pets? Our dog Buddy
5) iPhone or Android? iPhone
6) What’s your favorite app? Scrabble
7) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? Constant discovery
8) What’s your favorite book? Ever? Hard to pick just one. Henry James’ Daisy Miller or The Ambassadors, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, or even The Hunger Games are all contenders.
9) What’s your favorite movie? The Year of Living Dangerously
10) What’s your favorite TV show? Shameless, British version
11) Who is your favorite band? U2
12) What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to? U2 at the Oakland Coliseum
13) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us? I once switched out the head gaskets on a race car.
14) What’s your favorite past time? Boating — sailing or power boating.
15) If you could drive any car what would it be? Convertible BMW
16) Who’s the person you most admire? My late dad, for his bravery facing cancer.
17) What’s your favorite quote? “Life’s not fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.” (The Princess Bride)
18) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Dubrovnik, Croatia
19) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Roche Harbor, WA; HearstCastle
20) Who’s your favorite actor/actress? Kevin Costner
21) What do you do for exercise? Treadmill, yoga
22) What’s your favorite area restaurant? Grange, Ten22, Sapporo, La Boheme
23) What food could you not live without? Bread
24) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Lake Tahoe
25) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? Grand Canyon
26) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? I was 15.
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