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Betty Nguyen  

Award-winning Journalist, CBS News Anchor and Correspondent (2010-2012), Humanitarian

Betty Nguyen is an award-winning journalist whose work has taken her across the globe. In March 2010, she joined CBS News as an anchor and correspondent, contributing to the networks broadcasts and platforms, including The Early Show.

Before joining CBS News, Nguyen served as anchor of the weekend morning edition of CNN Newsroom since 2004. During this time, she anchored the network's coverage of major news events, including the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI's first papal visit to the United States in 2008, the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 and the London bombing attacks in July 2005. Nguyen also anchored portions of CNN's coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, the Iraqi elections in January 2005 and the June 2004 handover of sovereignty to Iraq.

Nguyen traveled to Constitucin, Mexico in 2009 to cover the damage caused by Hurricane Jimena. In 2008, she reported from Houston and Galveston, Texas during Hurricane Ike. Also that year, she went undercover in Myanmar for a series of exclusive reports that exposed a lack of aid after Cyclone Nargis killed more than 140,000 people. Nguyen traveled to Africa in 2007 to cover the presidential elections in Sierra Leone, the political and economic crises in Zimbabwe and apartheid-era prosecutions in South Africa.

In September 2005, Nguyen reported and anchored from the Houston Astrodome, where thousands sought shelter after Hurricane Katrina. Later that month, she went on assignment in her birth country of Vietnam to cover the deadly flooding caused by annual monsoons.

Before joining CNN, Nguyen was an anchor at KTVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Dallas, where she covered numerous breaking news events, including the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. She also served as a freelance correspondent for E! Entertainment Television during the 2003 California gubernatorial election. Nguyen began her career as a morning anchor and reporter at KWTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Waco, Texas.

In 2007, the Smithsonian Institute recognized Nguyen as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news broadcast in the United States. In 2003, Nguyen won a regional Emmy Award for "Outstanding Noon Newscast" and received an Associated Press Award in 1998 for breaking news coverage.

She is also the co-founder of Help the Hungry, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to poverty-stricken families.

Nguyen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award.


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Betty Nguyen: From Saigon to Today

The road to success may seem long, but it doesnt have to take a lifetime. A little luck and a lot of hard work can get you there quickly. You just have to be up for the challenge. You have to make the choice to excel. In this presentation, Nguyen offers her secrets to a successful career and provides an inside look at covering the story.

Diversity: Dont Hide from It, Celebrate It!

Diversity is all around usin our schools, in our offices and in our communities. Often, what sets us apart is what makes us great. By pooling together our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we increase our knowledge and find new solutions to the problems we all face as humans. Nguyen shares stories of how diversity has enriched the media and our lives.

Humanitarian Work: It Will Change Your Life

Were all searching for that sense of purpose. The answer to the question: why am I here? While family and career may drive your life, helping those in need will change your life. Youll be surprised how much you truly get from the act of giving. Nguyen takes audiences to some of the poorest regions of the world by sharing stories from her humanitarian aid trips.

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