Thanh returns to WWL-TV from NBC News, where he was a correspondent covering the southeastern United States. New Orleans is familiar territory for him. He was a member of WWL-TV's award winning team which chronicled the impact, chaos and immediate recovery of Hurricane Katrina. His journey in journalism has taken him to places ranging from Vietnam to Afghanistan.
Closer to home, Thanh started his career in Watertown, New York at CBS affiliate WWNY-TV, where he found himself in Lower Manhattan days after the 9/11 attacks. He traveled south to Macon, Georgia where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor at CBS affiliate WMAZ-TV. There he covered the mass mobilization and deployments for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He next landed in Louisiana with WWL-TV.
Roughly a year after Hurricane Katrina, Thanh departed for Denver, Colorado and reported for NBC affiliate KUSA-TV. In addition to his coverage of several severe blizzards, Thanh reported on the 2008 Democratic National Convention held in Denver, where then Senator Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for President. Thanh then headed back to the South with NBC News. He served as a general assignment correspondent reporting on major stories including the BP Gulf Oil Spill and the deadly tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He filed reports for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Today Show, MSNBC and the Weather Channel. One reporting rotation took him to Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to covering U.S. military matters in that war weary country, he was able to follow one Afghan actor as he went from peddling maps on the street to Hollywood for the 2012 Oscars.
Now back in New Orleans and with WWL-TV, Thanh feels right at home.
"I've traveled and seen a lot of America and I got to say, there's really no place like New Orleans. Like a good story, it's all about the people. New Orleans has some of the most original characters, from all walks of life. I've gotten to a point in my life where I want home to feel really feel like home. It's New Orleans for me."
Thanh was born in Can Tho, Vietnam. His family escaped Vietnam on a boat in 1978. After months in a Thailand refugee camp, St. Margaret Mary's church in Apalachin, New York sponsored his family to come to the United States. Thanh was raised in Johnson City, New York where his family owned and operated a restaurant for nearly two decades. He attended Binghamton University for his undergraduate studies and earned a Masters Degree in Broadcoast Journalism from Syracuse University. He is one of seven children.
In his spare time, Thanh enjoys traveling with his wife, feeding his basketball addiction by playing, watching or talking hoops. He also enjoys discovering new music, cooking and reading everything from comic books to historical non-fiction.