Ted Chen co-anchors the weekend editions of "Today in LA," airing Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM to 8AM on NBC4 LA. He also serves as a general assignment reporter for the station.
On the weekend editions of "Today in LA," Chen regularly conducts live interviews with important newsmakers on a local, state, and national level.
Since joining NBC4 LA in 1995, Chen has reported on many major news stories. He covered the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China, reporting live on the gold-medal winning accomplishments of Team USA, as well as the impact of economic transformation in a country of more than one billion people.
Chen has a passion for politics and has reported on major political stories, and, has covered elections for more than 20 years. In 2002, Chen traveled with then Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn on his historic economic development trip to Asia and filed live reports from Seoul, South Korea and Beijing, China.
In 2004 and 2005, Chen covered the Scott Peterson Trial in Redwood City, California.
A journalist with a diverse array of skills, Chen also covers such Hollywood events as the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards.
In addition to his duties at NBC4 LA, Chen has also filled in for radio hosts Larry Mantle and Pat Morrison on 89.3, KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. As subsitute host, he interviewed newsmakers on a local, state and National level.
Chen came to NBC4 LA from KGTV in San Diego, where he began in 1993 as a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor for the weekday morning and weekend newscasts. During his tenure at KGTV, he covered such significant events as the assassination of Mexico’s presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the Malibu firestorms.
Prior to KGTV, Chen was a general assignment reporter and substitute weekend anchor at KSEE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, California from January 1993 to August 1993.
Before that, he served as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for KRNV-TV in Reno, Nevada from September 1990 to December 1992. At KRNV-TV, Chen provided extensive coverage of major stories including the Oakland firestorms.
In 2002, Chen was honored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Workshop on Journalism, Race & Ethnicity for his series of news stories on Asian Americans. The pieces dealt with Asian American political power, the role of Chinese schools in shaping Chinese American children, and the forgotten heroics of Chinese American World War II veterans.
He received a San Diego Press Club award in 1995 for his story on "Area 51," the top secret military base in Southern Nevada used for testing highly sensitive military aircraft. UFO buffs believe the same area was used for alien research covered up by the government.
For his coverage of a same-sex commitment ceremony in San Diego, he received an award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Chen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, as well as The Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel and regularly serves as master of ceremonies for many community events in Los Angeles and throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
Chen began his career in 1990 as a production and writer’s assistant at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of California in San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.