Betty Nguyen


Betty Nguyen

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name = Betty Nguyen



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occupation = TV News Journalist

Betty Nguyen is an Amerasian news anchor of Vietnamese and white American descent currently employed with cable television news channel CNN. She co-anchors "CNN Saturday Morning", "CNN Sunday Morning", and the weekend editions of "CNN Newsroom" with T. J. Holmes and is a regular correspondent and contributor for other CNN programming.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, she left the country in April 1975 to come to the United States. She grew up in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Nguyen intended to become an attorney, but instead graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism in 1995. [cite web | last = Do | first = Anh | title="Profile: Betty Nguyen" | publisher = Nguoi Viet | date = 2004-11-25 | url = http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=14244 |accessdate=2007-03-04] cite web | last = | first = | title="Outstanding Young Texas Exes Awards" | publisher = Texas Exes | year = 2008 | url = http://www.texasexes.org/involved/oytex.asp |accessdate=2008-04-20]

You can currently see Betty on "CNN Newsroom" during the following times (all times Eastern Standard Time):

* 7:00 am - 8:30 am: CNN Saturday Morning/CNN Sunday Morning
* 9:00 am - 9:30 am/10:00 am: CNN Saturday Morning/CNN Sunday Morning
* 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: CNN Newsroom (only on Saturday)

Fleeing Vietnam

Nguyen was just a little girl toward the end of the Vietnam War when her family fled South Vietnam. From a CNN videotape, [cite web |url=http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0504/29/asb.01.html |title="CNN NewsNight Aaron Brown: Operation Baby Lift, aired April 29, 2005" |accessdate=2006-12-18 |format=transcript |work= ] 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."

"On April 19, 1975, 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."

Board Membership and Affiliations

*Member of the Asian American Journalists Association [cite web | last = | first = | title="CNN Anchors & Reporters: Betty Nguyen" | publisher = cnn.com | year = 2007 | url = http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/nguyen.betty.html |accessdate=2007-08-11]

Accolades

*VANG 2007 GOLDEN TORCH AWARD RECIPIENT [cite web | last = | first = | title="2007 Honorees: Betty Nguyen" | publisher = VANGUSA.ORG | year = 2007 | url = http://www.vangusa.com/m_honorees2007_BettyNguyen.php |accessdate=2007-06-16]
*2008 Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award Recipient

Trivia

*Betty Nguyen has a little sister who is a figure skater. [cite web | last = | first = | title="CNN Saturday Morning News" | publisher = cnn.com | date = 2005-12-10 | url = http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0512/10/smn.02.html |accessdate=2007-08-05] [cite web | last = | first = | title="CNN Sunday Morning" | publisher = cnn.com | date = 2005-11-27 | url = http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0511/27/sm.01.html |accessdate=2007-08-05]
*In 2007, the Smithsonian Institute recognized Betty Nguyen as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news broadcast in the United States. [cite web | last = | first = | title="CNN Anchors & Reporters: Betty Nguyen" | publisher = cnn.com | year = 2007 | url = http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/nguyen.betty.html |accessdate=2007-08-11]
*Ms. Nguyen is a Dallas Mavericks fan. [cite web | last = Haag | first = Matthew | title="CNN anchor loves her Mavericks" | publisher = www.txcn.com | date = 2006-06-06 | url = http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/basketball/mavs/stories/060706dnspomavsfan2.5c89b845.html |accessdate=2007-08-11]
*Betty also was a television anchor for a Dallas newscast in an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger"

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/nguyen.betty.html Betty Nguyen] "CNN Profile"
* [http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/basketball/mavs/stories/060706dnspomavsfan2.5c89b845.html Betty Nguyen and the Dallas Mavericks]
* [http://bnmagazine.com/article_detail.php?art_id=106 BN Magazine: Up-Close]
* [http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=14244 Nguoi Viet Online Profile: Betty Nguyen]
* [http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=14243 CNN's first Vietnamese voice: on the air and on the record]
* [http://darynkagan.com/world/stories/jw_070130_newsanchorpurpose.html News Anchor With A Purpose]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zUsCLBN9NQ Betty Nguyen discusses her Hapa identity]


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