Hi! You’ve found Tiên Nguyễn’s web portfolio. She’s an award-winning video journalist, documentary filmmaker, and reformed PhD chemist. Her work spans science, history, and culture with a focus on stories of historically oppressed communities.

She is a senior producer and writer on the digital PBS show Historian’s Take, an explainer docuseries that looks at history through the lens of pop culture, which was nominated for a 2023 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Shortform Series Reality/Nonfiction. She also produced a series of short documentaries profiling LA artists for KCET’s Emmy award-winning arts and culture series Artbound.

She has also written and directed short science documentaries including Saving Cima Dome for Knowable Magazine, the story of a hopeful group of volunteers attempting to replant the world’s largest Joshua Tree forest which lost more than one million trees on a wildfire. 

She got her start in digital video writing scripts for educational science channels such as TED-ED and PBSDS’s Reactions. A self-taught video editor, Tiên has produced dozens of shortform science videos that have collectively garnered more than 15 million views on YT.  

She cut her teeth in science journalism as a staff reporter for the weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News and later as a freelancer. Her articles have appeared in print and digital outlets including Freethink, Insider, Knowable Magazine, Mental Floss, Nature, New Scientist, Science Careers, Scientific American, The Open Notebook, and VICE News.

She’s based in LA and her name is pronounced like this. If you’d like to be a Tiên Nguyễn completist, visit her LinkedIn page. If you’re a scientist who’s interested in becoming a science writer, she wrote this for you: How I broke into science writing. Contact her through IG @mustlovescience or email at tiennguyenwrites at gmail.