Born in Saigon, Betty Nguyen came to the United States when she was not even one year old. Nguyen and her family lived in refugee camps until moving to Fort Worth, Texas.
Nguyen attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. She began her career at KWTX-TV as a morning anchor and reporter, served as a freelance correspondent for E! Entertainment Television, and anchored at KTVT-TV in Dallas.
Nguyen spent six years at CNN anchoring the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. In March 2010, she joined CBS News as anchor at CBS Morning News and correspondent for CBS This Morning. She has covered major stories ranging from Hurricane Katrina, the 2012 Presidential election, the Royal wedding, the Arab spring, and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. She has interviewed some of the most important newsmakers and celebrities of our time, from the Dalai Lama to President George W. Bush, William Shatner to Dolly Parton. Nguyen currently anchors for Early Today on NBC and First Look on MSNBC.
Nguyen has earned the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award (2008), recognition from the Smithsonian as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news program in the US (2007), a regional Emmy Award (2003), and an Associated Press Award (1998). She gives back to the community through the Betty Nguyen Endowed Scholarship for students studying broadcast journalism.