Irene Cruz
Irene Cruz is a freelance general assignment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News. She joined the station in June 2022.

As an Irvine native, Irene has always held Southern California close to her heart throughout her entire career. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Literary Journalism from UC Irvine and a scholarship award from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).

Prior to ABC7, Irene anchored the 10 p.m. newscast weeknights and reported for WOAI-TV in San Antonio, Texas. She was nominated for two Emmys, including a report regarding the risks of deepfake technology. Before Texas, she anchored and reported for KXTV-TV in Sacramento, California, covering everything from the Northern California wildfires to the potential Oroville Dam failure to protests at the state Capitol.

Irene started her career at KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona. In the Desert Southwest, Irene anchored the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, produced shows and reported as a multi-media journalist who shot and edited her own stories. She covered topics such as border security, immigration and agriculture.

Irene is the proud daughter of Filipino immigrants and comprehends Tagalog fluently. When she's not reporting, you can find her immersed in many of her hobbies: 3D printing, piano, singing, writing science fiction and attending Comic-Cons. She also adores her two Maltipoos, Kricket and Wrigley, who have both traveled with her across the country as she pursues her dream of being a journalist.

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Irene's Stories
Innocent man babysitting 4-month-old grandson struck by gunfire during Arcadia standoff, son says
An innocent grandfather who was babysitting his 4-month-old grandson Wednesday evening was inadvertently shot when a gunman opened fire during a standoff with police in Arcadia.
Plane crashes into pickup truck on 91 Freeway in Corona, bursts into flames
A single-engine airplane crashed into a pickup truck on the 91 Freeway in Corona and then burst into flames, authorities said.
Hidden camera caught Irvine doctor poisoning husband with drain cleaner, documents allege
An Irvine dermatologist was caught on a hidden camera pouring drain cleaner into her husband's cup on at least three separate occasions, court documents allege.
6 LA Starbucks stores now closed as company cites safety concerns
Six Los Angeles area Starbucks stores are now closed, with the coffee giant citing safety issues. The closures took on heightened significance because of an ongoing unionization effort at Starbucks' U.S. stores.
Jury selection begins in sex abuse trial for former UCLA gynecologist
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a former gynecologist at UCLA, who has been indicted on 21 counts of sexually assaulting seven patients.
San Pedro shooting: Suspects sought after 2 killed, 6 injured by gunfire at Peck Park
The search continued Monday for suspects after two people were killed and six others injured in a shooting at a park in San Pedro.
Rosemead home-invasion victims held at gunpoint as robbers steal French bulldog puppy, cash
Victims of a Rosemead home invasion were held at gunpoint as robbers stole the family's pet French bulldog and an unspecified amount of cash.
FBI investigating massive jewelry heist in SoCal
Jewelry and other valuables worth millions were stolen from an armored truck in Southern California.
Mama bear, cub caught on camera devouring donuts in kitchen of Monrovia home
A mama bear and her cub entered a Monrovia home and helped themselves to some treats in the kitchen, video of the startling incident shows.
Vigil in Brea honors man killed in SoCal 7-Eleven shootings: 'He was the best dude'
Family and friends gathered at a 7-Eleven store in Brea for a special vigil Saturday to honor a man killed during a crime spree at several store locations that rocked Southern California.