Betty Nguyen

Betty Nguyen is an award-winning journalist and humanitarian whose work has taken her across the globe. Her striking authenticity and powerful storytelling moves audiences to explore pressing issues that affect us all. Nguyen’s personal journey of fleeing a war-torn country and being shuttled through refugee camps before making America her home illustrates a universal theme. No matter how diverse our experiences, we all have the power within us to overcome obstacles and find the true meaning of success and happiness.

Her reports from around the world and interviews with newsmakers and global leaders have made her a well-respected speaker on the issues of diversity, media and humanitarian aid. Nguyen's topic for our event will be Diversity: Don't Hide From It, Celebrate It! She will share stories of how diversity has enriched the media and our lives, and how 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. The topic and importance of diversity coincides with our city's #MLK50 commemoration and efforts to observe and recognize Dr. King's legacy and to activate change to better our community.  

Nguyen has spent her entire career covering some of the most important issues of our time. As an anchor for NBC News and MSNBC, Nguyen covered the 2016 Presidential election, the Boston Marathon bombings, the election of Pope Francis, the birth of Prince George and the death of Nelson Mandela. Before her move to NBC, she anchored The CBS Morning News and reported for CBS This Morning, where she covered the 2012 Presidential election, the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Royal wedding and the Gulf oil spill. Prior to that, Nguyen anchored the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom.

Nguyen’s coverage has garnered Peabody, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy awards. She has been inducted into Asian Hall of Fame and recognized by The Smithsonian as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national network news program in the United States. Away from the camera, Betty Nguyen is the co-founder of Help the Hungry, a global non-profit organization that aims to alleviate hunger and provide humanitarian aid to those in need. She’s also the founder of the Betty Nguyen Scholarship in Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

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John Hunter, Award-Winning Educator , former guest speaker, and focus of the documentary, "World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements"
Thank you for taking the time to teach me some new ideas about storytelling in the digital world! I am excited to implement your tips and best practices. Thank you for all you do to support local nonprofits and their good words by providing this valuable training.
Glenda Gurley , Maddox Foundation
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