COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland today announced that Eun Yang – anchor of NBC4’s News4 and distinguished UMD alum – will deliver the December Commencement address on December 20. Yang is a household name and familiar face to many, providing early morning risers with an educated and informed start to their day as lead for the No. 1 news program in Washington.
Yang has led the D.C. metro community through several historic events, including the 2009 blizzards where she anchored nearly six hours of coverage, the 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings, inaugurations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass at Nationals Park.
Yang is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and currently serves as a Board of Visitors member. She is an inspiration and role model to the surrounding Asian community, with such accolades as the Service Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Student Role Model Award from the Korean American Scholarship Foundation. Additional awards include an induction into the Montgomery County Women’s History Archives, and Washingtonian magazine recognition as one of DC’s 100 People to Watch and D.C’s Stars of Local TV News.
“We are excited and honored to welcome Eun Yang, an admired local alumna, to the podium on December 20,” said Linda Clement, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Eun embodies a passion and spirit for the University and for the D.C. area, and through her work has gained a unique perspective on the shifting global landscape, making her a terrific candidate to prepare and inspire our students.”
Yang was born in Seoul, Korea, but relocated to the Washington area where she attended Paint Branch High School. She currently lives Washington D.C. with her husband and three children.