Candice Nguyen is an award-winning journalist for NBC 7 San Diego. She has a passion for writing, telling untold stories and holding the powerful accountable. Her reporting has reunited lost family members and exposed questionable business practices sparking action by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in San Diego.
A proud Chinese/Vietnamese-American, Candice was born and raised in the Bay Area. She began her career as a local newspaper columnist writing weekly travel articles. In Ghana, she produced a documentary on ex-child soldiers and their internal demons after the First and Second Liberian Civil Wars.
Candice’s news career began in 2009 at NBC Bay Area. She worked as an intern/writer. She spent about a year at the station under the mentorship of investigative reporter Vicky Nguyen (no relation). In 2010, she landed her first on-air reporting job at KION/KCBA in Salinas, California, and in 2011, she started reporting for XETV in San Diego.
Candice has earned numerous journalism awards. In 2014, she received an Edward R. Murrow Award for her news series “Missing for Decades.” It followed the story of David Amaya who was kidnapped as a toddler and taken to Mexico. More than 30 years later, he tried crossing the border into the U.S. not knowing he was a U.S. citizen. Candice broke the story and continued covering it as developments unfolded. Her reporting helped reunite Amaya with his mother.
Candice is also an Emmy award winner, recognized for her excellence in the category of Writer-News. She also received two, consecutive first-place San Diego Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards for her serious feature stories “A Father’s Destiny” and “The Selfless Teacher.”
She graduated from New York University with degrees in Communication and East Asian Studies. She is part of the Asian American Journalist Association and a big advocate of the organization's mentoring program. It helped launch her broadcast career, which is why she is an active member of its Mentor Search Committee. She is also a member of IRE, Investigative Reporters and Editors.
When she’s not working, Candice enjoys eating adventurously and is always excited to try new restaurants and cuisines. She lives in North Park with her adorable and, at times, mischievous white Shepherd/Corgi mix, Marshmallow.