Here’s How the News Networks are Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month

By Mark Mwachiro 

An AANHPI image from ABC News

Since 1992, the entirety of May has been set aside to observe Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. And all the major broadcast news networks have monthlong programming initiatives planned across their linear and digital platforms to commemorate this federally-recognized cultural celebration.

Here’s a round-up of some of the AANHPI-themed programming you can expect to see this month.

ABC News

  • Good Morning America: ABC’s morning program will feature interviews with a number of leading AANHPI figures, including astronaut Amanda Nguyen, who has the distinction of being the first Vietnamese and Southeast Asian woman to visit the final frontier. Additional stories covering subjects like book bans and small business successiona plans will appear on GMA’s digital arm as well as ABC News Digital.
  • Nightline: Nguyen will return in late night for a sit-down interview to talk about her career as an activist and leading figure in the Stop Asian Hate movement. Nightline also has planned profiles of U.S. trade representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, Office of Science and Technology Policy director Arati Prabhakar and Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su.
  • GMA3: Look for spotlight stories about chef Esther Choi, social entrepreneur Nadya Okamoto, eco-friendly Blueland CEO Sarah Paiji Yoo and Asian hip-hop star, Sophia Chang.
  • This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Stephanopoulos will sit down with Lina Khan, the first person of South Asian descent to serve as chair of the Federal Trade Commission.
  • NewsOne: ABC’s affiliate service features coverage of Thuy, the first Vietnamese American musician to perform at Coachella.

CBS News

  • CBS Mornings: Host Vlad Duthiers interviews senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang as part of the morning show’s Gold House A100—a list of impactful AANHPI leaders across multiple industries. Other interview subjects will include senior business and technology correspondent Jo Ling Kent and actor Hoa Xuande.
  • CBS Saturday Morning: Look for additional AANHPI Heritage Month on the weekend edition of CBS News’ morning show all month long.


  • First of All with Victor Blackwell: The May 4 episode of Blackwell’s series will feature an interview with Chinatown Art Brigade member Betty Yu about using art to create social change.
  • The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper: Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explore cutting edge Alzheimer’s research in a special episode set to air May 19 at 8 p.m. ET. CNN’s chief medical correspondent can also be heard on the tenth season of his CNN Audio show, Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
  • CNN Underscored: Research AANHPI-owned products and brands on CNN”s recommendations and reviews site. And learn more about varied AANHPI communities on the multiplatform initiative, Impact Your World.

NBCUniversal News Group

  • CNBC: AANHPI business leaders will be featured in spotlight reports about subjects ranging from wealth effect impact to media representation. The network also plans to air special vignettes dedicated to specific entrepreneurs, and will set aside the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot throughout May for Shark Tank episodes featuring AANHPI-owned business.
  • CNBC en Español: Asian Latino entrepreneurs will take center stage in a series of reports, while Asian Latino CFPs will provide financial education advice.
  • Look for special online coverage, including reports about earnings gaps and legal profession challenges. Additionally, CNBC Make It has coverage of AANHPI-owned businesses from break-up coaches to restaurants.
  • MSNBC: The Katie Phang Show will feature discussions with New York Congresswoman Grace Meng and TikTok influencer Soogia. Look for additional stories about mental health stigmatization in South Asian communities and the fight to preserve disappearing Chinatowns nationwide.
  • NBC Asian America: The vertical will launch the AANHPI Vote series, exploring the issues affecting AANHPI voters in the 2024 elections.
  • NBC: Today and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will feature multiple AANHPI-related stories, most notably an exploration of a national park that used to be a World War II-era Japanese American incarceration camp. Additional reports will stream on NBC News Now.

PBS NewsHour

  • Planned segments include conversations with NewsHour co-anchor Amna Nawaz, correspondent William Brangham, chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown, cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, Maori poet Tayi Tibble and Gulf Coast-based Vietnamese American artists. Additionally, audiences can hear Tibble reading her poems on the NewsHour website.
  • PBS News Weekend will feature a “Hidden History” installment with Chinese American activist Corky Lee and anchor John Yang.

Scripps News 

  • Visit the outlet’s official site for stories and interviews, including a conversation with Gold House CEO Bing Cheng.