Betty Nguyen anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Since joining the network in April 2004, Nguyen's work with CNN has taken her across the globe.
In 2008, Nguyen went undercover in Myanmar, one of the worlds most secretive countries. Her series of exclusive reports exposed how villages still lacked aid two months after Cyclone Nargis killed more than 85,000 people. She 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 from the Houston Astrodome, where thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees were seeking shelter from the devastation. That same month, she went on assignment in her birth country of Vietnam to cover the deadly flooding caused by annual monsoons.
Most recently, Nguyen traveled to Constitución, Mexico to cover the damage caused by hurricane Jimena. In 2008, she reported from both Houston and Galveston as Hurricane Ike slammed into Texas, killing dozens in several states. She also reported on Pope Benedict XVI's historic trip to the United States. She provided live coverage as the pope celebrated Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, performed a blessing at Ground Zero and concluded his trip with a Mass at Yankee Stadium.
Nguyen has anchored during several breaking news events, including the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 and the London bombing attacks in July 2005. She 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.
Before joining CNN, Nguyen was an anchor at KTVT in Dallas. While at the CBS affiliate, she covered numerous breaking news events including the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York. In 2003, she won a regional Emmy award for "Outstanding Noon Newscast," was named a Great Women of Texas Honoree and won the Legacy of Women Award.
Nguyen began her career as a morning anchor and reporter at KWTX in Waco, Texas. During her tenure with the CBS affiliate, she received an Associated Press Award for breaking news coverage. She also served as a freelance correspondent for E! Entertainment Television during the 2003 California gubernatorial election.
In 2007, the Smithsonian Institute recognized Nguyen as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news broadcast in the United States. She was featured in the "Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon" exhibit. Nguyen is also the co-founder of Help the Hungry, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to poverty-stricken families. Her philanthropic work earned her a spot in the Philanthropy in Texas Hall of Fame.
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.