Tram Mai is an anchor and reporter for 12 Today. Tram began her career in 1995 as a production assistant at KABC in Los Angeles. She got her first reporting job at WOFL in Orlando, FL out of the Gainesville bureau. A year later, she worked at CFN-13 out of the Volusia County bureau in Florida. She then moved to Columbus, OH as a reporter and weekend anchor for 3 years, before coming to KPNX in 2003. During her career, Tram has won Emmy’s for anchoring and reporting. She has also been nominated for several more Emmy’s, won a Casey Award and awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalism.
Tram was born in Saigon, Vietnam. When she was a year old, she and her family fled on the last plane out of when Saigon before the Communists took over the country. She took her first steps at a refugee camp at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Her family eventually made their way to southern California, where Tram was raised most of her life. She graduated from UCLA, majoring in communication studies with a minor in Asian American Studies.
From the hurricanes in Florida, to the tornadoes in Ohio, to the wildfires in Arizona, Tram has covered many natural disasters and in particular, issues that affect Arizona’s children. Tram has also co-hosted with Regis Philbin, interviewed numerous celebrities, covered the red carpet for the Emmy’s in Los Angeles and the Arizona Cardinals when they went to the Superbowl in Tampa, Florida. But her favorite stories are the ones that inspire others. As a journalist, the most rewarding part of her job is making a difference in people’s lives.
Tram is married and has twins, Zakary and Zoey. She also has two golden retrievers, Napa Bella and Pressley Ann. She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, reading, cooking, and entertaining at home with her homemade desserts.
Hometown: Alta Loma, CA
City of Residence: Phoenix
Your Heritage: Vietnamese
Current Position: Anchor/ Reporter
When you joined 12 News: Joined in 2003
College Graduated from: UCLA
Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Biking, Hiking, Cooking, Entertaining, Baking
Favorite Music: pop and R & B
Favorite Book(s): The Four Agreements, The Kite Runner, Tuesdays with Morrie, Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, A Thousand Spendid Suns
Favorite Quote(s): “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”
Favorite Food(s): Asian, Italian, Greek, Mexican, pretty much everything!
Favorite Color(s): Pink
Favorite Travel Destination: San Francisco and Napa
Pets: 2 golden retrievers- Napa Bella and Pressley Ann
Hidden Talent: I can play “Popeye” on the piano (or at least what I can remember from 3rd grade)
Favorite Sports Teams: N/A
Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: co-hosting with Regis
Why did you decide to work in TV: to help make a difference in people’s lives
Where else I have worked: The Gap
Your First Job: Working retail at The Limited
What People Would Never Guess About You: I love to camp, NOT glamp!
What you love about living in Arizona: Beautiful sunsets and sunrises
Your Biggest Pet Peeve: People who put their feet on the dashboard
Your Prized Possession: My twins (a.k.a. punkins)
What I'm Passionate About: Coffee, Food, and Wine
Dream Vacation: Italy, Spain, Greece, and Vietnam
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