Truong joins NBC News from KUSA-TV in Denver, and before that was at WWL in New Orleans. Born in Can Tho in southern Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, Truong and his family escaped on a refugee boat for Thailand, before moving to upstate New York and settling in Binghamton.
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THANH TRUONG NAMED NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT
NEW YORK August 11, 2009 – Thanh Truong has been named NBC News correspondent, effective immediately. Truong will be based in Atlanta and contribute to all NBC News properties, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today” and MSNBC. The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus.
Most recently, Truong has been a general assignment reporter with KUSA in Denver. Since joining KUSA in 2006, Truong has reported on a variety of breaking news stories including the 2008 Democratic National Convention. From 2004-2006, Truong was a general assignment reporter with WWL in New Orleans. He covered the initial impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was part of the WWL team to earn a Peabody and Alfred I. duPont award for their Hurricane Katrina coverage. Truong also worked as a reporter for WMAZ in Macon, Georgia and WWNY in Watertown, New York.
Truong is the recipient of awards from the Associated Press, Colorado Broadcaster Association and the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.
Truong was born in Can Tho in southern Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. His family escaped the communist country on a boat to a refugee camp in Thailand. After months of waiting in poor conditions, a small church in upstate New York agreed to sponsor the family of seven. Truong grew up in Binghamton where his family later opened a Vietnamese restaurant. His daily conversations with patrons about politics and world issues started him down the path of communications.
Truong graduated from Syracuse University with a masters degree in broadcast journalism and received a bachelors degree in philosophy, politics, and law from Binghamton University.