Tran Nguyen reports for the San Jose Spotlight, a nonprofit, community-supported digital news organization in California. A bilingual data journalist, Nguyen covers the Vietnamese community and other news in the South Bay. Before starting the Report for America position, she interned for Spotlight, where she reported on businesses, schools, city and county government. While pursuing her master’s degree in data journalism at the University of Missouri, Nguyen worked as a K-12 education and graphics reporter for the Columbia Missourian, the student-run publication, and as a graduate research assistant studying the user experience of digital versus print journalism. Nguyen was a city hall reporter for the Ashland Tidings and the Mail Tribune in Oregon, and she also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. Her hometown is Saigon, Vietnam.
Beat: Vietnamese communities in San Jose
San Jose boasts the greatest number of Vietnamese residents in any city outside of Vietnam estimated at more than 180,000 people, making up 11% of the San Jose population.This reporter covers all facets of the Vietnamese community.