NYPC Speaker Series Continues on December 8 with CBS2 New York Anchor Cindy Hsu and Psychologist Dr. Donald Grant


Join the New York Press Club on December 8 at 7pm as its virtual Speaker Series continues.

CBS2 New York Anchor, Cindy Hsu in conversation with Psychologist, Dr. Donald Grant discussing Mental Wellness and Trauma in the Journalism Community moderated by Reporter and Legal Analyst, Beth Karas.

Wednesday, December 8 at 7pm

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Being a journalist has become increasingly more complicated as we need to continuously adapt and pivot in ever-changing and at times hostile environments. Many places in the world, including the United States are seeing an ever-growing skepticism of the media. In this age of social media, journalists looking for truth are continuously challenged by political hacks who can re-arrange a story to suit their own agenda with the click of a button. Our job was and always is to report the news accurately and without bias.  However, with all of the aforementioned challenges coupled with the tremendous pressure of a 24/7 news cycle, journalists exposed to daily stress and trauma need to focus on their mental well-being as much as they do the accuracy of the story.

We hope this program sheds light on a vital topic in our community that up until now has been largely ignored – the mental health and well-being of journalists.

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Cindy Hsu is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter who has been at CBS2 News in New York City since 1993. Her passion is sharing stories about children, seniors, education, adoption, animals and mental health awareness.

Cindy has earned Emmy Awards for stories including “Smuggled from China,” exposing the horrific plights of Chinese refugees trying to make it to America. Her most poignant story, was the two-part series “Bringing Rosie Home.” Through home videos. she brought viewers to China as she adopted her daughter Rosie as a single mother.  The series won the New York AP Broadcasters Award for Best Feature and was nominated for an Emmy.

She has worked as a journalist throughout the country, including Richmond, VA, Green Bay, WI and Steubenville, OH.

She spends much for her off-duty time in community work and is open about her struggle with depression, hoping to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. She has worked with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is strongly involved in the Asian-American community. Some of her past and present philanthropic affiliations include: The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) which is a big brother/big sister program. Cindy and her little sister have been together for more than two decades. She’s also worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Humane Society of New York, The Children’s Miracle Network and the Museum of Chinese in America.

Cindy served as President of the New York Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and paddled for years on a championship Dragon Boating team called Women in Canoe.

Cindy’s parents immigrated from China. Her father was a Coast Guard pilot, so the family moved every 2-4 years. Cindy was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Virginia Tech. She lives in New York City with her daughter Rosie and their rescue dog Lilo.