Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Philanthropy and Journalism Go Hand-in-Hand for Betty Nguyen

Betty Nguyen joined CNN in April 2004 and now anchors Saturday Morning and Sunday Morning. You can read her bio here.

Back on Thursday, Sept. 13 she gave a presentation at Drury University entitled, “Humanitarian Work Will Change Your Life.” Several members of the local Society of Professional Jouranlists chapter attended her program, as well as a Q&A session later in the day.

Here are a few highlights from her comments.

“It is very difficult to break the cycle of poverty in most countries. That is something we don’t understand because here in the United States we have freedom to break out of the poverty cycle.”

“When you have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life, take that chance.”

“We’re all searching for that sense of purpose. The answer to the question: Why am I here? While family and career may drive your life, helping those in need will change your life. You’ll be surprised how much you truly get from the act of giving.”

"I love to document life and tell stories. That is why I love journalism. I get to tell important stories that can help impact a region or chance a person's life."

Referred to CNN at different times as “the most trusted name in news,” the “mother ship,” and the “place where news royalty works.” She also said it was important to know that CNN “covers the world as individuals.”

If you want to know more about Nguyen, visit this website about her non-profit charity called "Help the Hungry."


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