Chenue Her, Morning News Anchor, WOI-Des Moines

Season 1 | Episode 173
34m | May 14, 2024

On this episode, we’re joined by Chenue Her. Chenue is in his 3rd year as the morning news anchor for Local 5 News in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s previously worked as a reporter in Eugene, Oregon, Norfolk, Virginia, and Atlanta. Chenue is Hmong – there are fewer than 400,000 Hmong people living in the United States. He was the first male Hmong news anchor in the United States.

Chenue talked about how his Hmong heritage impacts his work, the lessons he learned at his different stops, the kind of stories he’s reported on, ranging from the celebration of Hmong New Year to the shortage of Latino doctors to profiling an artist who made a mural of basketball star Caitlin Clark.

Chenue also explained why the phrase “we’re sharing your story” is especially important and paid tribute to other journalists of Hmong heritage.

Chenue’s salutes:

Gia Vang, anchor NBC Bay Area

Laura Lee, anchor, Northern News Now

Bao Vang, former anchor

Panhia Yang, executive producer, Fox9

Boua Xiong, former KARE 11 reporter

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