JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - News can be a demanding business. It's hard on individuals, it's hard on families and it's hard on marriages.
WLOX News Now Reporter Trang Pham-Bui and her husband Ngoc are raising four children, run a small business and have three generations living under one roof.
Trang has met the growing demands of the news business for more than 20 years, all while keeping up with young children and aging parents. She is an inspiration to so many of us who aspire to be the best wife, mother, daughter and journalist we can be.
So much of Trang's journey has been centered around her family and their values. Back in 1975, a very young Trang fled a war-torn Vietnam to come to America. She and her family lived as refugees before eventually moving to New Orleans. While going to school, Trang did all sorts of jobs to help support the family - from being an interpreter, to being a janitor.
In 1989, Trang started her career in TV as a promotions assistant. She quickly moved into the newsroom as a producer, and then a reporter. It was clear from the start that reporting was her calling.
Trang has a very special way of connecting with people. They can sense her sincerity, and open up to her very quickly.
Education has always been a top priority for her. It was a value instilled in her by her parents, and one she and Ngoc have instilled in their children. So when WLOX decided to dedicate a reporter to the education beat, Trang was the obvious choice.
For more than 15 years, she's helped focus a spotlight on the people and programs doing the important work of molding our future leaders.
Trang was also part of the dedicated news team that covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Leaving your family during a hurricane is one of the hardest things we are asked to do in this business, but it's something we do in order to help protect other people's families.
Finally, in 2008, Trang had a chance to return to her homeland and reconnect with family. A WLOX News special titled "Vietnam: The Home I Left Behind" recounted that unforgettable trip. The program linked Trang's past with her present, and told a story so many other Vietnamese refugees shared. For her heartfelt work, Trang - very deservedly - won an Emmy.
Following two decades of dedication, professionalism and compassion, Trang Pham-Bui was inducted into the Mississippi AP Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
From the entire WLOX family, thank you for a remarkable 20 years.