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Thuy Vu

Thuy Vu, Host

Thuy is a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor and program host who's covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations.

She has long been a familiar face and voice to Bay Area residents. Thuy was a news anchor and reporter for various Bay Area stations, including ABC7, CBS5, KTVU2, KQED-FM and National Public Radio. She also hosts LinkAsia, a program which weaves news from Asia's top television networks and conversations on Asia's social media into a unique look at one of the most fast-paced regions of the globe.

In 2011, Thuy's special series on the devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War won nine regional and national awards, including a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.

In 2010, she was named Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent by the National Alliance for Women in Media.

Thuy's passion for journalism has taken her to many places. In Mexico, she covered the kidnappings of American tourists and the serial killings of young women working for American factories near the border. In 2000, she traveled to Washington, D.C. to cover the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the contested Florida vote in the presidential election.

Thuy has returned several times 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.

Thuy emigrated from Vietnam in 1975, fleeing the country with her family as Saigon fell. She lived in two refugee camps before resettling with her family in Duluth, Minnesota. She currently lives in Silicon Valley.

Thuy holds a bachelor's degree with honors in rhetoric from UC Berkeley.

Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer, Senior Correspondent

Scott's career didn't travel a straight line to KQED. He started his radio news career at KPFA in Berkeley and KFBK in Sacramento.

He left radio for a few years and plunged into the world of politics, aka "the dark side." From 1988 to 1992 Scott served former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos as press secretary, and later worked for then-State Controller Gray Davis as chief of staff.

After a stint as a political consultant, he returned to journalism at KQED in 1998. As senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM and host of The California Report, Scott reports on a wide range of topics, from military and veterans' issues to health care and the judiciary.

Scott's comprehensive coverage of California's same-sex marriage debate earned him numerous awards. His reporting began in 2008 with the State Supreme Court's decision briefly legalizing gay marriage, through the successful Prop. 8 campaign to ban it. Scott provided ongoing coverage of the federal lawsuit against Prop. 8 and attended the historic oral arguments that culminated with the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Scott has also covered a wide range of criminal justice issues — from efforts to reform California's "three strikes" law to implementation of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison "realignment" program.

His work for state and local elected officials also brings insight to his coverage of politics and policy, earning him numerous journalism awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

When he's not at work, Scott stays active swimming, playing water polo and biking. He also loves to travel. Of the many places he has visited his favorite destinations include France, Brazil, Italy and Mexico.

Monica Lam

Monica Lam, Producer

Monica has traveled on five continents reporting, producing and shooting stories — from inside factories in China to the Amazon jungle — for PBS, Al Jazeera, ABC, MSNBC and Swiss National Broadcasting.

Before joining KQED, she worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she examined conditions inside California prisons and abuse in state-run institutions for the developmentally disabled.

Prior to that, Monica produced, directed and shot Journey of the Bonesetter's Daughter, a documentary that follows novelist Amy Tan as she creates an opera based on the story of her grandmother and mother.

Monica's work has been honored with a duPont Award, two Emmys, regional and national Murrow Awards, and has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

Monica studied urban studies at Stanford University and earned a master's in journalism at University of California, Berkeley. Follow her on twitter: @monicazlam

Nicole Reinert

Nicole Reinert, Associate Producer

Nicole Reinert is a journalist at KQED. She previously worked as an Associate Producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's national investigative team in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. During her time at the CBC, she was honored with an award by the Investigative Reporters and Editors and she was a finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalists award in 2013.

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