Shannon Brinias

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.

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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.


Device Claims To Prevent Brutal Migraines Without Drugs

Now she has a space-age-looking headband called Cefaly. It’s the newest treatment for migraine sufferers. It’s the first device approved by the FDA aimed at preventing migraines.


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Text-To-911 Services Raise Compatibility Issues In Sacramento County

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is looking at how to implement it, but one of the biggest hurdles will be making sure surrounding communities have compatible technology in case a call comes from a person crossing jurisdictions.



Nonprofit Helping Homeless Women, Children Opening Larger Space

The building is new, tripling the nonprofit’s space. And so is their name: Now it’s called St. John’s program for real change. The grand opening is slated for Friday.


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Groundbreaking Treatment For Muscular Dystrophy Held Up By FDA, Family Says

A family is fighting for the life of their young son. He had been undergoing treatment, getting an experimental drug through a study at the UC Davis Medical Center. But that study has ended, and now they fear that he could lose his battle.



Asthma a Bigger Concern for Some Valley Children

Asthma hits school-aged kids at higher rates than other age groups, according to the California Department of Public Health. It is especially hard to breathe for students in the San Joaquin Valley, and administrators are asking parents to take action before it’s too late.


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Animal DNA Gives Investigators New Leads In Solving Murder Cases, Dog Droppings

Beth Wictum leads the forensics unit of the veterinary genetics lab at UC Davis. It’s the go-to lab for getting results that qualify for convictions in court.


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Oklahoma’s Heavy Load

This morning, I woke up to check out the latest coverage on the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma. Reports Monday night were filtering in, but there were many gaps in what was known. This morning’s coverage showed us the scope of how the tornado ripped buildings apart.


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The Real Estate Story: From Bust to Boom

Signs of life are finally showing in the housing market and some construction companies are hiring again. But the challenge now is finding skilled workers… workers that left the industry in the hundreds of thousands when the market crashed.


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Community Puts Up Fight To Keep Davis Coffee Shop From Closing

The owners of a Davis coffee shop prepared to brew their last cup of coffee, until the community and their customers stepped up to save the small business.


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Modesto Dog Bed Company Drawing Celebrity Customers

MODESTO (CBS13) – There have been plenty of stories of how Hollywood stars treat their pets like babies. Now, that’s playing into the strengths of a burgeoning Modesto business with one very famous customer.



1953 Pittsburgh Pirates Autographs Uncovered In Bible Donated To Sacramento Library

A Bible with a page of baseball history has been uncovered among the dusty donation piles at the Sacramento Library.


Shannon Blog

Blog: The Catfish That Got Away

People say there’s no way Manti Te’o could have been ignorant of the falsehoods involved in a relationship with a make-believe online persona. But being caught in what’s called a “Catfish” game is becoming increasingly common.