In front of the TV camera, Elizabeth Dinh ’03 is calm and self-assured—qualities you’d expect in someone doing work she enjoys. But getting to this point in her career wasn’t easy.
“I was afraid to admit it as a freshman,” she says, “but I didn’t know for sure what I wanted to do.”
The KTVT/CBS 11 news reporter changed her major twice before settling on broadcast communication. “I fell in love with my classes, and for the first time I realized that I was heading in the right direction.”
After graduation Dinh moved to Amarillo to work as a reporter and weekend anchor at KAMR-TV. Her career then took her to Tampa, Fla., and Seattle before the North Texas native landed back in the Metroplex.
“Even though I grew up in the area, I constantly find myself learning about a person, place, or thing I hadn’t known about before. I also love knowing that my job can help people. It informs, and occasionally I’ll do a story that brings a smile to people’s faces.”
The former Miss Asian-American Texas is an ambassador for Against the Grain Productions, a local nonprofit that promotes awareness and unity of Asian-American culture, artistry, and identity. She’s also a member of the Asian-American Journalists Association. Her activism for the Asian-American community started at UT Arlington, where she was vice president of the Asian Student Association.
“I always felt that anything was possible when I was at UTA,” she says. “I was surrounded by people who encouraged me to follow my heart, and that is so important. It has helped me become the confident woman I am today.”