Cynthia Gouw Biography
Cynthia Gouw is an American actress and Tv news anchor. As an actress, Gouw co-starred in TV shows like Matlock and China Beach and appeared as Caithlin Dar, the Romulan Ambassador in the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989.
As a TV journalist, Gouw is a 3-time Emmy Award-winning reporter. She has worked as a television anchor and/or reporter for KPIX-TV Channel 5 (CBS) San Francisco; KDFW-TV Channel 4 (Fox) in Dallas; and KXTV-TV Channel 10 (ABC) in Sacramento.
In Philadelphia, Gouw hosts the TV show Asian Outlook, a half-hour talk show focused on the affairs of the Pacific Rim for WYBE.
Cynthia Gouw Age
She was born on May 30, 1963 and is currently 59 years old as of 2022. Her birth sign is Gemini.
Cynthia’s Early Life
Cynthia was born on May 3oth 1963 in Contra Costa County,California US.She graduated from high school in 1981 and in 1991 she graduated from UCLA School of Law.
She started her modelling in 1984 when she entered Miss LA Chinatown on an assignment for Pacific Ties and ended up winning the peagent.The following year she moved on to win Miss Chinatown USA.In 1984 she was the first Asian American to win the Spokesmodel competition on Star Search.
As an actress, Gouw co-starred in TV shows like Matlock and China Beach, and appeared as Caithlin Dar, the Romulan Ambassador in the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989.Gouw is a 3-time Emmy Award winning reporter.
Gouw has worked as a television anchor and/or reporter for KPIX-TV Channel 5 (CBS) San Francisco; KDFW-TV Channel 4 (Fox) in Dallas; and KXTV-TV Channel 10 (ABC) in Sacramento. In Philadelphia, Gouw hosts the TV show Asian Outlook, a half-hour talk show focused on the affairs of the Pacific Rim for WYBE.
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Gouw has been named Member of the Year by the Chinese American Council and Honoree of the Year by the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento. The California State Legislature has recognized her, and is on the Advisory Board of Stanford University’s “Grade the News”.
Further, in 1984 she was named Miss Chinatown USA.
Cynthia Gouw Net Worth
She is estimated to have a net worth of approximately $3million.
Cynthia Gouw and Douglas A. Alexander
Cynthia is one of the greatest advocates, along with her husband Doug Alexander, who is co-chairman of NFTE Philadelphia. He is also President of ICG, a fast growing, publicly traded cloud software company.
Doug outlined aggressive plans along with his co-chairman, Steve Zarrilli, on how to continue to grow NFTE Philadelphia out of its start-up stage: Last year NFTE Philadelphia educated 1,500 students up from 700 the year before.
Their goal is to get to 7,000 students per year by training 60 more teachers, and entering 10 new schools over the next two years.
Cynthia Gouw Husband
Cynthia is married to Douglas A. Alexander since 2004.
How did you become a journalist?
Well, I had a good background: I minored in Asian American studies and majored in Political Science and International Relations. My parents were always very gracious by giving back to the community; and, they taught me that I had a responsibility as well. I thought I could use my pen as my sword by going to Law School — but it wasn’t what I expected, and the lure of Hollywood was too great. Before I became a journalist, I worked as a model and an actress.
As an actress, how did you get started?
I had been modeling since I was 16 — and back then, there weren’t many Asian Americans in the industry — so in many ways, I got lucky. I started landing many commercials and won the Spokesmodel competition on the show Star Search. Moreover, I was a huge Star Trek fan, and when Bill Shatner cast me as the Romulan Ambassador, Caithlin Dar in the movie Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier — I thought I had died and gone to heaven — or to Romulus! It was all great fun, so I had to really force myself to go back and finish Law School. But I am glad and proud I did.
After modeling, acting and Law School, how did you begin your journalism career?
I really wanted to marry my love of storytelling with being on camera. I started my TV news career at the very bottom — as the farm reporter in Bakersfield, California — and within three months, my agent landed me a job in Dallas — a jump of 120 media markets! But I was way too green, and it really showed. Because of that, I learned a lot and I was determined not to make the same mistakes again. When I moved to Sacramento as an Anchor/Reporter, I dug into my reporting and covered international news like the handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China, and later I followed immigrants across the border from Mexico to the United States. I also reported on a brutal initiation ceremony into a girl gang — a shocking glimpse into their world. I won three Emmy Awards for these stories. Then I went on to work as a reporter in TV news in San Francisco, and then later for the NPR station there, where I covered Asian American affairs and the politics and culture of the Pacific Rim.
Why did you leave TV News journalism?
I had covered about 100 murders in my career — with not much time to cover the roots of the problem. One week, I had a homicide on Monday, then two kids in Richmond, California were killed on Wednesday; then on Friday, a man killed himself, his wife, and his three kids. That’s when I decided it was time to move on. I switched to a job at San Francisco’s NPR station, and really enjoyed the longer format reporting offered there.
What did you do when you moved to Philly?
Well it took me 6 years to land a job in San Francisco — so I wasn’t planning on leaving! But then a mutual friend set me up on a blind date with my husband, Doug and I moved to Philadelphia to be with him. I think many Philadelphians feel they play second fiddle to New York and D.C., so I wanted to do a show that celebrated my newfound city. Moreover, I developed SnapGlowTV — a web-based show focusing strictly on Philly beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I was named one of the region’s up-and-coming women entrepreneurs and a top blogger. Currently, I am the national TV spokesperson for L’Oreal products — focusing on Clarisonic Skin Care Systems.
Last Updated On:11th January 2023