Thuy Vu is a three-time Emmy award winner who is currently a co-host on “Eye on the Bay,” CBS5’s evening magazine program. Previously she reported for the weekday 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. She was also the primary substitute for the main weeknight anchor. Thuy joined the station in December 2005, based in the San Jose bureau. She co-anchored live coverage of the fatal tiger attack at the San Francisco zoo in December 2007 and provided additional reporting that day on the zoo’s troubled history. The coverage won an Emmy for “Best Newscast” and a West Coast Associated Press award for “Best Anchor Team.”
Prior to becoming a VRP fellow, Thuy had returned twice to her homeland of Vietnam for special reports on the country’s political and economic changes since the Vietnam War. She won Emmy and Associated Press awards for a report on the 30th anniversary of the first Operation Babylift flight rescuing orphans right before Saigon fell to the communists. The story featured rare interviews with the pilot, the orphanage director and one of the orphans, now grown and living with his wife and children in Seattle.
Previously, Thuy worked at ABC7 as a weekend anchor and reporter and at KTVU as a reporter and fill-in anchor. She started her journalism career in public radio at KQED-FM in San Francisco. She later moved on to National Public Radio (NPR), where she first covered Congress and national politics in Washington, D.C. before returning to their San Francisco bureau. Thuy emigrated from Vietnam in 1975, fleeing the country with her family as Saigon fell to the communists.
She’s a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She’s also on the board of directors for the Asian Pacific Fund, a community foundation that provides scholarships to students and funding grants for Asian nonprofits in the Bay Area.