GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — KARE 11 is welcoming a new face to our Sunrise anchor team.

Gia Vang comes to us from KMPH in Fresno, California. She'll be joining co-anchors Kris Laudien, Alicia Lewis and meteorologist Sven Sundgaard on KARE 11 Sunrise every weekday from 4:30 to 7 a.m. Her first day on the anchor desk will be July 8. 

Vang is very familiar with the Twin Cities, as her father lives in St. Paul and is active in the Hmong community there. She loves hiking and is a self-described foodie and vinyl record collector, and says she can’t wait to explore the amazing restaurants here - and our live music scene.  

Before anchoring in Fresno, Vang was a reporter at KPNX in Phoenix. She studied at California State University-Sacramento.

As Vang comes on board, Sunrise anchor Lauren Leamanczyk will be joining KARE 11's 5 p.m. anchor team of Julie Nelson, Randy Shaver, Belinda Jensen and Eric Perkins. She will also continue working for KARE 11 Investigates.

“We are creating a new ensemble cast to showcase and tell stories differently during KARE 11 News at 5,” said KARE 11's Director of Content Stuart Boslow. “By adding Lauren to this already well established and award winning anchor team, we will be able to allow all three of our news anchors to get out in the community more and share stories that matter to all Minnesotans.”

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Gia Vang chats with her dad at King Asian Thai Cuisine restaurant.

Gia Vang checks out local artists at Electric Fetus record shop.

Gia Vang checks out Midtown Global Market. 

Gia explores the Twin Cities' best summer spots.

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