It was my love for words that inspired me to become a journalist. My parents, brothers and I are first-generation Chinese-Americans from Hong Kong and I spoke only Cantonese until I discovered American television shows and started kindergarten. My grandfather had come to America during the California Gold Rush and my great-grandfather had helped to build the Trans-Continental Railroad.
For decades, my parents owned and operated a Chinese restaurant in Northern California and that’s where I grew up. My desire to improve my vocabulary paid off at school in our weekly Spelling Bee. By the time I earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Oregon, my word quest had gone beyond Chinese and English to include German and American Sign Language.
My television career has taken me around the world. I’ve lived and worked in Oregon, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York City. My husband and I met while covering a coup attempt in the Philippines. Now I’m blessed to call Chicago home. Every day is a thrill as I use words to compose stories for “Good Day Chicago” and Fox Chicago News at Noon. I especially enjoy bringing you our “Cool Websites” segment and always welcome your comments and suggestions at email@example.com .
I love bringing you the news so much that when I went into labor with my daughter during a newscast, I just kept on talking despite the contractions. That show earned a New York Emmy Award for Best Morning Newscast.
For the past few years, I’ve been honored to serve as Co-President of the Asian American Journalists Association‘s Chicago chapter . I’m also active with the Chinese American Service League , the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Organization of Chinese Americans .
Naturally, I love word games. Scrabble is my favorite and I’m training my son and daughter to play against me since my triple-word scores tend to make my husband (a one-time Presidential Scholar) spew a few too many choice words!