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 that highlight historically oppressed communities.
She is the series producer and writer on the PBS digital show Historian’s Take, an explainer docuseries that re-examines history through the lens of pop culture. The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Educational and Informational Program and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Shortform Series Reality/Nonfiction in 2023.
In 2022, she served as a producer on a series of short documentaries profiling LA artists for KCET’s arts and culture series Artbound. She has also written and directed short science documentaries including Saving Cima Dome, the story of a hopeful group of volunteers attempting to replant the world’s largest Joshua Tree forest after a wildfire burned more than one million Joshua trees.
She got her start in digital video writing scripts for educational channels including TED-ED and PBS’s Reactions. A self-taught video editor, Tiên has produced dozens of short-form science videos that have collectively garnered more than 15 million views on YouTube.
She cut her teeth in journalism as a staff reporter for the weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News and later as a freelance multimedia journalist. Her stories about space, climate, chemistry, death, drugs, dino poop and more 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.