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Claudette StefanianReporter

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I'm excited to join the Bakersfield community and hope you will welcome me into your homes weekday mornings on Eyewitness News!

I hail from Los Angeles and am grateful to the kind residents of Kern County for their warm greetings and for making me feel very much a part of Bakersfield.

I've worked as a news anchor, reporter and host in both digital and television over the last several years. I previously worked as video talent at the national and local level for KFIAM640 and iHeartRadio. My national piece on the Armenian Genocide protest and Artsakh went viral, garnering more than 100,000 views on Facebook alone.

Right after graduating from USC, I moved to San Diego, where I worked as a reporter and anchor for the Union-Tribune’s 16-hour television news network. I covered wildfires, breaking news, human interest stories, crime and the city's biggest story of the year surrounding former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Before pursuing my on-camera career, I started behind-the-scenes work in both digital and television at NBC News and CBS.

I live to help others, and telling stories is just one of the ways I connect with the community.

I'm part of numerous organizations that look to help community members overcome hardships, pursue their dreams and further an effort to better the lives of others. I recently hosted a holiday gala, where more than 500 members from the nonprofit sector, including members of the Navy, Los Angeles County Fire, and other exemplary agencies, gathered to celebrate their work in public service. For the first time ever, I worked with the organization to partner with Toys for Tots and Spark of Love to collect toys for underserved children in hopes of making their holidays more memorable. I was also one of six individuals chosen to represent the community on the award-winning American Armenian Rose Float of 2017 in the 128th annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

I obtained her B.A. in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California on scholarship.