A proud Chinese/Vietnamese-American, Candice was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is happy to now call San Diego home.
She began her career as a local newspaper columnist writing weekly travel articles to help pay for college. In Ghana, she produced a documentary on ex-child soldiers struggling internally after the First and Second Liberian Civil Wars.
Candice is a five-time Emmy award-winning jounalist for NBC 7 San Diego. She has a passion for writing, uncovering stories and holding the corrupt accountable. Her reporting has exposed criminal business practices, sparked action by the U.S. Navy and inspired a State Assembly bill to clean up California's security industry.
In 2014, she received 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. Her reporting helped reunite Amaya with his mother.
In 2016, Candice was recognized with Emmy awards for her excellence in the categories of Journalistic Enterprise and Investigative Reporting. 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. She is also a member of IRE, Investigative Reporters and Editors.
When she’s not working, Candice enjoys circuit training and obstacle course racing. She loves exploring different foods and is passionate about celebrating San Diego's cultural diversity in her "Off the Eaten Path" food blog. Follow her foodie Instagram account: @offeatenpath
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.