Darya Folsom anchors The KRON 4 Morning News from 4am-10am. She came to KRON 4 in 1998 from Washington, D.C., where she was a morning anchor for the Fox station WTTG-TV. Though she was raised in Connecticut, moving to San Francisco was like coming home, because her entire family has been transplanted to the Bay Area over the last 20 years.
For Folsom, even at a young age there was no other career but journalism. She’d wanted to be a television reporter since she was five years old, when she would interview her little sister on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. If she didn’t spend so much time talking, Folsom might have become a classical musician. She played the violin for five years, dabbled in the drums and harp, and played the flute for 13 years, going to music camps and studying at the Hartford Conservatory. She went on to major in broadcast journalism at the University of Kansas. After spending a year studying art history and political science in London, she graduated with honors from K.U. in 1987.
Folsom believes a TV career is perfect for her, having traveled throughout Europe, Russia, and Israel and being adept at landing in new places and learning the ropes. She started in Lawrence, Kansas as a reporter and quickly moved up the ranks in markets from Palm Springs, California, to Boise, Idaho, to Portland, Maine, to Phoenix, Arizona, where she anchored the evening newscasts at KNXV-TV. After that, Folsom was a morning anchor and investigative reporter at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., and finally moved to KRON 4. Folsom’s reporting has taken her 10,000 feet up to sky dive, to Guatemala to expose sweatshops, to Hollywood for the Oscars and to Chicago for the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
Folsom has won many awards, including two Emmy awards for best newscast, in Phoenix; a 2000 Emmy for serious feature reporting; four Emmy nominations for reporting; two Idaho Press Club awards, in 1990 and 1991; the C. Everett Koop Media Award for health reporting in 1989, and most recently, Best Newscast from AWRTV for the KRON4 Morning News.
Folsom has always enjoyed being involved her community. She has served on a state panel for people with disabilities and has done work for the Arthritis Foundation. She has been active with the Jewish Historical Society, the National Cancer Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has also participated in numerous Bay Area events benefiting local charities for AIDS, children with cancer, the San Mateo Parks Foundation, and the Read California campaign.