Chinh Doan is from Oklahoma and attends the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Journalism with minors in Spanish and International Studies. Chinh aspires to become one of the first trilingual journalists in Oklahoma, fluent in Vietnamese, Spanish and English. In addition to her roles as the Vice President of the Asian American Journalists Association and Vice President of the Magazine Interest Group, Chinh was chosen as one of six students to participate in the groundbreaking “Immigration in the Heartland” program. In this program she conducted a rigorous series of interviews and reported on the complexities of Vietnamese American immigration. Chinh has also worked as an associate producer of the Oklahoma University Nightly.
In addition to her achievements in journalism, Chinh co-founded Bullies and Respect Education, a volunteer organization that educates elementary school students in the recognition and prevention of bullying. The program has been a large success and has expanded to include a larger volunteer base and outreach to more classrooms. Chinh’s other community service experiences include volunteering at Second Chance Animal Sanctuary and Habitat for Humanity.
Chinh has also started her own business, “Sisters Before Misters,” that sells handmade hair accessories and home décor. Through this entrepreneurial endeavor, she hopes to inspire women to embrace their femininity and inner beauty while encouraging others to support local artists.
Chinh is a University of Oklahoma Advantage Scholar and is one of five recipients of her college chosen to be a McMahon Scholar. She is an Ambassador for the Gaylord College of Journalism. Chinh is also a two-time recipient of the University of Oklahoma's Women in Communications Award.