Leyna Nguyen

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12/13/1969 , Dong Ha, Vietnam

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Leyna Nguyen made broadcast history by becoming the first newscaster to anchor the news on two stations in the same market, with the unprecedented Viacom-owned duopoly of KCBS and KCAL-TV. She is one of the stations' most able and popular newswomen, and a highly requested speaker.

Before coming to the second largest television market in the nation, Leyna was a news anchor and reporter for NBC-affiliate KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, where she also hosted a quarterly program on Asian-American issues. Before California, Leyna was in Augusta, Georgia anchoring the news on CBS-affiliate WRDW-TV.

Leyna was nominated for an Emmy—the television industry's highest honor-- and won several first-place awards for her special on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, "Vietnam; The Journey Back." She was nominated once again for a touching story of a California boy in need of an organ transplant... and was also nominated for an Emmy for Best News Feature Reporter.

Leyna hosts the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon with entertainer Casey Kasem, and the Southern California Special Olympics Summer games, with Hall of Famer James Worthy.

Leyna was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975. She earned a degree in Mass Communications from Webster University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Leyna was the "Morning Drive" personality for jazz radio station WEBU, and was a substitute teacher for grades K through 6.

In 1987, Leyna was crowned "Miss Asia," in 1996, she was named "YWCA Woman of the year," and in 2000, she was designated one of the country's "25 Most Influential Vietnamese-Americans in 25 years."

Leyna also has a non-profit foundation called LOVE ACROSS THE OCEAN, which benefits underpriviledged school children in Vietnam.

She is the oldest of three children, and has two brothers. Her hobbies include martial arts, paragliding, music, and cooking.

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