KCETLink's Weekly News Program 'LinkAsia' Announces New Host

Burbank, Calif. - August 08, 2013 -

KCETLink's weekly news program, LinkAsia, which provides

viewers unfiltered news and insights about Asia, today named Emmy ®award

winning journalist and anchor, Thuy Vu, as new host of the informative,

half-hour series.  She replaces former LinkAsia

host, Yul Kwon. LinkAsia is a digital-first, multi-platform transmedia

program. The series streams online at
www.linkasia.org and www.news.linktv.org.  It is also available via the LinkTV World

News iPad app. The show airs every Saturday on KCET (Southern California) at 6

p.m. and every Friday on Link TV (nationally) at 9:30 p.m. EST.


"We're pleased to have Thuy join the KCETLink team and become the trusted

voice of LinkAsia," said Wendy Hanamura, executive producer of LinkAsia

and Chief Strategy Officer at KCETLink. "Her journalistic expertise and deep

reporting experience in Southeast Asia make her an asset to our



Added Vu, "LinkAsia is a dynamic program that showcases the breadth

of Asian nations through news, culture, business, technology, politics and

lifestyle. I'm excited to share powerful stories with KCETLink viewers."


Vu, a three-time Emmy® winner, was also recently named host of public station KQED's new multi-platform, current affairs

and interview program, KQED Newsroom

a veteran journalist, Vu has covered everything from presidential debates to

culinary creations. She was formerly the co-host of KPIX's Eye on the Bay,

the only nightly magazine program celebrating life in the Bay Area.  She also teaches broadcast communications at

Academy of Art University in San Francisco.


Vu is a University of California, Berkeley graduate who emigrated to the

U.S. from Vietnam in 1975, and lived in two refugee camps before her family

moved to Minnesota. She began her career at KQED and National Public Radio

(NPR). Vu was named outstanding reporter/correspondent in 2010 by the National Alliance for Women in Media and has won four awards from the

Asian American Journalists Association. In 2011, Vu's special series on the

devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War won nine

regional and national awards, including National Headliner, Society of

Professional Journalists and a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. 


LinkAsia provides U.S.

audiences with official news from Asian nations' commercial and state-run TV

networks, along with translated social media chatter and on-the-ground

correspondent reporting from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India, Pakistan,

Thailand and Malaysia. As a transmedia project, the LinkAsia blog curates Asian news

from around the world and includes news and analysis from expert contributors

located in Asia and the U.S. 

The program's list of news providers includes CCTV

(China), NHK (Japan), MBC (Korea), VTV4 (Vietnam) and citizen journalism

organization Global Voices Online. Executive producer Wendy Hanamura is a

former Tokyo-based correspondent and CBS news reporter; Series producer George

Lewinski has worked and traveled all over Asia from Japan to India. Lewinski

was foreign editor of news at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), its

London-based producer, and foreign editor of public radio's award-winning

business program, Marketplace.

Funding for LinkAsia is provided by the

John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Freeman

Foundation and Fund for Commonweal. The advisory team includes: Maureen Fan, award-winning

former Washington Post Beijing bureau chief; Clayton Dube, director

of the USC U.S.-China Institute; Daniel Okimoto, Stanford University professor

emeritus and co-founder of the Shorenstein-Asia/Pacific Research Center; management

consultant Michael Dalby; Donald K. Emmerson, head of the Southeast Asia Forum

at Stanford University; Robert A. Kapp, former head of the US-China Business

Council; Dr. Sanchita Sexena, associate director of the South Asia Research

Center at UC Berkeley; Merry White, Boston University anthropology professor; and

R. Bin Wong, director of the UCLA Asia Institute.

LinkAsia airs on KCET

Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays on Link TV at 9:30 p.m. EST.  For more information, visit www.LinkAsia.org,

follow @LinkAsiaNews,

and like Facebook.com/LinkAsia.



KCETLink is the new national independent public

transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media.

 A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed

nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH Networks, in Southern and Central

California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems.

 KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information

about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and

events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.