Nguyen learning about endangered bat species
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
|Home town||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Board member of||Help the Hungry, co-founder|
Nguyen began her career as a morning anchor and reporter at KWTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Waco, Texas. Then, she was an anchor at KTVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Dallas, where she covered numerous breaking news events, including the Columbia disaster.
Nguyen then joined CNN, where she anchored the weekend morning edition of CNN Newsroom. She spent six years at CNN covering major news events including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, presidential elections in Africa, Hurricane Katrina, and the death of Pope John Paul II. She also went on an undercover assignment in Myanmar.
Nguyen became a network anchor and correspondent for CBS News in 2010. She was news anchor for CBS This Morning Saturday, correspondent for The Early Show, and anchored the CBS Morning News. During her tenure, she was also a substitute anchor on the weekend edition of the CBS Evening News and a Special Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
Nguyen was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution in 2007 as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news broadcast in the United States. According to Maxim.com, she was named one of "TV´s 10 Hottest News Anchors" in 2008. In 2011, she was listed as one of "The 10 Most Stylish Anchors & Reporters" by The Huffington Post. Nguyen spent a short time as a freelance correspondent for E! Entertainment Network. She has hosted several specials and was featured as a reporter on episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. She can also be seen in Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.
Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam. She is of Vietnamese and Scottish American descent. Nguyen and her family left Vietnam for the United States in April 1975 during the Fall of Saigon. Nguyen was "not even a year old" toward the end of the Vietnam War when her family fled South Vietnam. From a CNN videotape, she speaks about her father.
|"||He was an American serviceman who fell in love with a Vietnamese college student. They married and had me, a child who was given life, when so many were losing theirs in the war.
We fled Vietnam, crammed into a packed C-130 cargo plane. It was stepping into the unknown. Nothing was guaranteed except that turning back was not an option. And that meant leaving behind my grandparents...As hard as it was, fleeing not only saved my life, it gave me a new one, in a place called America.
Nguyen grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She was a cheerleader during her younger days and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority in college. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.