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Thanh Truong is an NBC News Correspondent based in Atlanta. He contributes to all NBC News properties, including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today" and MSNBC.

Prior to joining NBC News in July 2009, Truong had been a general assignment reporter with KUSA in Denver since 2006. Since joining KUSA, Truong had reported on a variety of breaking news stories including the 2008 Democratic National Convention. From 2004-2006, Truong was a general assignment reporter with WWL in New Orleans. He covered the initial impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was part of the team reporting for the only local station to remain on the air throughout the storm. The team’s work earned a Peabody and Alfred I. duPont award for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Truong also worked as a reporter for WMAZ in Macon, Georgia and WWNY in Watertown, New York.

Truong is the recipient of awards from the Associated Press, Colorado Broadcaster Association and the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.

Truong graduated from Syracuse University with a masters degree in broadcast journalism and received a bachelors degree in philosophy, politics, and law from Binghamton University.

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Video: Jailed sisters freed for kidney transplant

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    >>> now we go to mississippi , and a story tonight about a new beginning. we've been reporting in recent days about the case of two sisters being released from life prison sentences in an unusual medical bargain. well, today they walked free, but their future is still uncertain. their story tonight from nbc's tom trunk.

    >> reporter: locked up for 16 years --

    >> we're free!

    >> reporter: sisters gladys and jamie scott were released from prison this morning. one of the first stops, a surprise stop to gloria's kitchen.

    >> i'm feeling good, i'm feeling great.

    >> reporter: the restaurant and its patrons, long-time supporters of the sisters who they say were unfairly punished.

    >> i love macaroni. 16 years! free at last, free at last, thank god i'm free at last.

    >> reporter: sentenced to life in prison for their role in a 1993 armed robbery that yielded only a handful of cash, they were released on the condition that gladys donate a kidney to jamie.

    >> i never thought this day would come when i would be on the outside of the wall.

    >> it's been a long, hard row , but we made it. it was times we wanted to give up, but i told my sister, i said we're coming up out of here. we're not going to die.

    >> reporter: from mississippi , they will travel to pensacola, florida, where they will reunite with loved ones, including a mother who has been praying for this day.

    >> i'm just happy my daughters are released.

    >> reporter: the scotts face a surgery they still have no means to pay for, and will spend the rest of their lives on probation. but it will be a life outside prison walls, and literally on their own terms. nbc news, jackson, mississippi .