- KETV NewsWatch 7Reporter
Chinh Doan is living the American dream. Born in Vietnam, at the age of four, she immigrated to Oklahoma with her father, a former South Vietnamese Officer and prisoner of war. Her mother had to stay behind in Vietnam due to paperwork complications. When she arrived in America, Chinh and her father did not know any English, but she quickly learned the language with the help of local news. “One of my father’s first American jobs was as a janitor at The Oklahoman,” Chinh says. “He would bring home scraps of newspapers. I would read them and watch the news every night with my father.”
“My love of journalism grew out of my efforts to learn English.”
Before calling Omaha home, Chinh reported in Central Texas, where she fell in love with the community’s kindness and enjoyed covering military matters from Fort Hood. Some of her fondest journalism memories include producing and directing a documentary about WWII fighter pilots, reporting live from the Academy Awards and interviewing Elizabeth Smart.
Chinh studied journalism, Spanish and international studies at the University of Oklahoma and graduated as the "Outstanding Senior" of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In college, she had several internships at news stations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, plus fellowships at Today and CBS News. Chinh has received awards from: Society of Professional Journalists, National Broadcasting Society, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, Broadcast Education Association and Associated Press.
In 2012, Chinh’s biggest dream came true; she was reunited with her mother in the U.S. after 18 years apart. She enjoys trying new foods, photography and spending time with family and friends.