Lily Jang is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a current KHOU 11 News This Morning anchor in Houston, Texas. Lily is an Emmy-nominated journalist and leads the country when it comes to social media interaction with viewers. She is an avid social media user with a loyal following on both Facebook and Twitter. Lily has been honored twice by The Huffington Post as a Twitter Powerhouse.
In her free time, Lily is a fitness fanatic who enjoys mentoring, traveling the world, trying new cuisines, micro-blogging about her adventures on Facebook, and supporting worthy charity causes in the community. Fun fact: Lily is fluent in both Vietnamese and Cantonese.
1. What is your favorite memory, tradition, or thing about your time at UT?
I loved hanging out with my friends at West Mall in between classes on a Fall day, eating at the eggroll stand, and listening to the bell tower chime… reminding me that I was late for class!
2. What have you learned from UT outside of the classroom?
UT was the first time I was on my own, so every life lesson was learned there. Let’s see…. I didn’t have a curfew so I learned to get in trouble. My parents weren’t there to cook for me so I gained the freshman 15. I learned responsibility by managing 18 hours of classes, a part time job and a non-paid internship. But most importantly…. I learned what PRIDE was. Today, when I hear “The Eyes of Texas”… I sing out loud and put up the horns!
3. What has been your biggest struggle in your career?
My biggest struggle was moving to cities around the country for my career. Amarillo, Birmingham, Alabama and Seattle were cities I had never even visited before but it was the sacrifice I had to make to eventually get back to this great state of Texas. Turns out, having lived all over made me grow immensely seeing all walks of life!
4. Who has been an important role model for you?
My parents. No matter how hard I work today or how early I have to wake up to do the news (*ahem* 2:45am!!) I realize that my parents always had it harder. They came to this country with two young kids and worked their entire lives to put my brother and me through college. They gave me my American dream.
5. What was the Asian American community at UT like during the time you were there?
There was a huge Asian population at UT! I anchored a Saturday morning news show called Asian-American Austin on a public news channel. It included anything and everything impacting the Asian American community in the greater Austin area. I was also one of the founders of the Asian American sorority, aKDPhi, that is nationwide. I never felt like I stood out. Instead, I always felt I had a community behind me.
6. What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or current students at UT?
Carpe Diem. You are at a prestigious school that provides you so much more than an education. You meet people at UT from all around the world and learn about life that no textbook could ever teach you. When you graduate…. You will be proud to say that you bleed burnt orange til you die. Hook em!
7. What fuels your fire to continue doing the work that you do?
I am so blessed. I have the honor of working in my hometown doing what I love. I get up every morning, bounce out of bed and I have the pleasure of telling peoples’ stories. I dreamed about this career since I was in 9th grade and here I am. I never take a single day for granted.
I’m a social media junkie! Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter for behind-the-scenes pictures of what TV news is like when the cameras aren’t rolling: http://www.facebook.com/KHOULilyJang and https://twitter.com/KHOULily.
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