Hetty Chang joined NBC4 Southern California as a multi-media reporter in 2013, covering the Long Beach and South Bay communities. After spending a decade in front of the camera, Chang is now both in front and behind the lens, often shooting and editing her own pieces. She can be seen Monday - Friday on NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Her most recent news stories can be seen here.
A Southern California native, Chang is thrilled to report for the station she grew up watching. She feels honored to report alongside the most respected journalists in the Southland. Chang returns to NBC4 after serving a digital media fellowship at the station through a pilot program between NBC4 and the Asian American Journalists Association in 2011. Under the fellowship, Chang worked closely with the station’s digital media team and gained valuable experience across multiple media platforms, which she brings to her current position at NBC4. Previously, Chang reported for the NBC stations in Reno and Las Vegas.
An Emmy Award nominated journalist, Chang quickly gained the respect of her colleagues as a hard worker and tenacious reporter. She has covered a number of memorable stories that have garnered national attention, most recently the Christopher Dorner investigation. She has also been recognized for her coverage of the OJ Simpson robbery case and her award-winning coverage of Nevada's hard-hit economy. Chang also conducted one of Barack Obama’s last interviews before he won the 2008 presidential election.
Chang is passionate about the diversity and culture in Southern California and believes that many of the most intriguing stories come out of such communities. She feels responsible for reporting timely and accurate news and is privileged to be in a position to deliver information that has an impact on viewers.
While she loves the adrenaline of breaking news, Chang has a passion for stories that tug at the heart strings. Some of her favorite pieces involve humble people who do great things for others and never seek attention for their kindness and generosity.
While not working, Chang enjoys yoga and working out, which helps balance her appetite for delicious foods! She is grateful to be back in Los Angeles after 10 years and values spending more time with her family who also lives in the area.
Fluent in both Mandarin and Spanish, Chang is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, a non-profit organization that encourages professionals to consider careers in journalism and news management. Chang graduated from Whitney High School in Cerritos, CA, and received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.