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KIRO 7 TV anchor says she had to change her Cambodian name to get hired

Last Friday, motivated by the recent violence and escalation of discrimination toward Asian Americans, KIRO 7 TV anchor and reporter Siemny Kim shared something personal on Facebook.

For her entire career, she’d used her maiden name, Siemny Chhuon, on air. But when she moved to Seattle, the news director at KIRO 7 at the time said she’d have to change her name or she wouldn’t be hired. He said her Cambodian last name would be too difficult for a Monday through Friday audience.

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