Candice Nguyen is an award-winning journalist for NBC 7 San Diego. She has a passion for writing, uncovering stories and holding the corrupt accountable. Her reporting has reunited lost family members, exposed criminal business practices, sparked action by the U.S. Navy and inspired a State Assembly bill to clean up California's security industry.
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 struggling with 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 earned the prestigious 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. Candice broke the story and continued covering it as developments unfolded. Her reporting helped reunite Amaya with his mother.
Candice is also a two-time Emmy-award winner, recognized for her excellence in the categories of Writer-News and Military. She has received several first-place San Diego Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards for her investigative and serious feature stories, which include "Mother's Medal of Honor Investigation" 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. She is passionate about celebrating San Diego's cultural diversity through different cuisines in her "Off the Eaten Path" food blog.
She also lives in North Park with her adorable and, often times, mischievous white Shepherd/Corgi mix, Marshmallow. If you see Marshmallow prancing around, Candice probably isn't far. Come say hello.