Vicky Nguyen is an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC Bay Area News. Her reporting holds the powerful accountable and exposes consumer scams, government waste, and corporate deception. Vicky's stories have prompted state, federal and international investigations, as well as forced the world's largest food distributor to admit wrongdoing and enact sweeping policy changes to improve food safety across North America.
Vicky has been a Bay Area local since her elementary school days at Santee Elementary. She and her family were sponsored to the U.S. from Vietnam when she was two years old. Vicky grew up in San Jose and Santa Rosa.
She graduated as valedictorian from the University of San Francisco where she majored in communications and minored in biology. She currently serves as a board member for USF's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.
During her career, Vicky has covered numerous high profile stories including Florida's hanging chads debacle in the 2000 presidential election, the serial shooters and Baseline Killer in Phoenix, the PG&E pipe explosion in San Bruno and subsequent NTSB safety hearings in D.C. as well as the protests in Oakland over the BART police shooting of Oscar Grant. Notable interviews include President Bill Clinton, Senator John McCain, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Shaquille O'Neal, Alex Trebek and Tyra Banks.
Vicky's favorite part of her job is meeting people from diverse backgrounds and having the opportunity to tell stories that make a difference in how people view the world.
Vicky has earned several journalism awards including the 2015 Gracie Award for Outstanding Investigative Program, 2014 Scripps Howard Jack R. Howard award, 2014 IRE award finalist, 2014 National Press Club award, Clarion award for investigative series, and an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting for her series "Sysco's Dirty Secret," National Headliner honors for her reporting on Treasure Island radiation contamination, and an APTRA Mark Twain award for her series on toxics regulation in California.
She's also a five-time Emmy award winner, recognized for excellence in categories that include Best Reporter and Investigative Report. In addition, Vicky has recieved five NorCal RTNDA awards including one for News Reporting, and three SPJ NorCal awards for Investigative Reporting (2013, 2014) and Journalist of the Year. She has been honored as Mentor of the Year by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). She was recently lauded by her alma mater USF with a professional achievement award for her work as a journalist.
She received the Carole Simpson Fellowship from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (RTNDF) and was selected as a health reporting fellow by the Kaiser Family Foundation. She is a member of AAJA, IRE, RTDNA and SPJ.
Before joining NBC Bay Area in 2007, Vicky worked at television stations in Florida, Nevada and Arizona. In Phoenix at KSAZ-TV, she was nominated for two Emmy awards in the categories of Live Reporting and Spot News. Prior to her stay in the "dry heat" of Arizona, Vicky reported for KOLO-TV in "the Biggest Little City in the World," Reno, and in Orlando at Central Florida News 13 where she shot, wrote and edited her stories before delivering live reports.
When she's not reporting, Vicky loves to spend time with her husband, two daughters, and insufferable dog Tofu. She is an avid writer and wishes she had more hours in the day to edit home videos chronicling the growth of her two girls.