Janet Kwak joined 10News in April 2013 as a general assignment reporter.
As a southern California native, Janet is happy to call San Diego home. She joins 10News from Los Angeles, where she worked as a general assignment reporter for KNBC. Prior to that, she served as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WOAI in San Antonio. She started her career as an anchor/reporter at KTXS in Abilene, Texas. Fluent in Spanish, she also reported for Telemundo in West Central Texas. She worked behind the scenes at KTVU in San Francisco and KCAL/KCBS in Los Angeles, before jumping in front of the camera.
Some of her most memorable stories include an investigative series about a high-profile attorney at the center of a corruption scandal, interviews with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and coverage about a four year old killed in a drive-by shooting that led to lawmakers increasing the maximum penalty for the crime. She has received two Associated Press Awards for her reporting. Her work also helped pass a long-debated Texas shield law to protect confidential information, after she was pressed to reveal a source for a story she broke about a corrupt judge.Janet has extensive experience in breaking news covering tornados, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. She led team coverage of the Bastrop County Complex Fire near Austin, where three separate blazes ripped through nearly 1,700 homes and merged into the largest, most destructive single wildfire in the state's history.
Kwak is fluent in three languages, and has lived all over the world, from Seoul to Madrid. When she's not on the job, she's whipping up a storm in the kitchen, and teaching basic cooking classes for disabled adults and children. She also makes her clothes and jewelry. She is involved with the Asian American Journalists Association.
Janet earned two B.A. degrees in Political Science and Mass Communications from University of California Berkeley with a minor in Spanish Literature.