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Helping Do-Gooders Do-Better

Toan Lam may have left a promising television reporting career behind, but he made sure to take his story-telling skills with him.



    Former SF TV Reporter Inspires Through His Work

    Toan Lam reached his life-long goal before he was even thirty: reporting for a Bay Area TV station. The job, he discovered, fed his bank account, but not his soul. Toan decided the best way to help himself, was to help others. (Published Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012)

    Toan Lam of San Francisco will tell you that reaching your goal in life isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Lam had always dreamed of being a big-market television reporter and by time he was 30, he had reached it, reporting for a Bay Area television station.

    Still, Lam found that the job , while feeding his bank account, wasn't satisfying his soul. A near-daily dose of reporting on death and destruction left him empty inside. So Lam made a switch. He left the television career behind, and started a non-profit, Go Inspire Go.

    Lam now uses the video journalist skills he honed after years of working in TV news, to tell a very different type of story.

    Watch his story above.