Media Coverage

FOX40 Sacramento, ‘FOX40 News in the Morning,’ Feb. 1, 2022

Celebrating Lunar New Year with lifestyle expert Toan Lam

Sacramento lifestyle expert Toan Lam shares his perspective on why this time of year is so important to the Asian community.

FOX40 Sacramento, ‘FOX40 News in the Morning,’ Dec. 29, 2021

Lifestyle expert shares tips for a safe New Year’s Eve celebration

The current surge in COVID-19 cases is prompting a pause on many big celebrations this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun time this New Year’s Eve. Sacramento lifestyle expert Toan Lam shares some ideas to make ringing in the new year meaningful.

FOX40 Sacramento, ‘FOX40 News in the Morning,’ Nov. 24, 2021

Here’s how to impress your Thanksgiving guests with decor on a budget

If you’re entertaining guests for Thanksgiving, you want to impress them. But how can you make your Thanksgiving table look like a million bucks while on a budget? Lifestyle expert Toan Lam has tips to elevate your tablescape with affordable flair.

Apartment Therapy, Nov. 1, 2021

8 Creative Ways to Turn A Small Space Into Your Own Reading Nook

“If you’ve got some extra space in your bedroom, a set-up like this may work for you. Toan Lam created a reading nook with a loveseat in front of a bay window and beside a built-in bookcase.”

Apartment Therapy, Oct. 13, 2021

These Are the 7 Best Space-Saving Living Room Layouts We’ve Seen This Year

“If you want the flexibility without the futuristic feel, do what Toan Lam did in his 1,170-square-foot San Francisco apartment.”

AARP Webinar Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020

Finding Inspiration During Turbulent Times

AARP California discusses personal, professional and spiritual pick-me-ups with Toan Lam, Founder and Chief Inspirator of Go Inspire Go.

The Recess Life, April 15, 2020

Play and Creativity in Uncertain Times with Toan Lam

Toan shares about dealing with pandemic as a creative, creativity as an outlet, the opportunity to get back to the basics with creating and being open to what the Universe is giving you.

KTVU Fox 2, ‘Mornings on 2,’ March 27, 2020

Ways to connect while sheltering in place

Toan Lam explains how we can connect with others and stay fit while social distancing.

FOX40 Sacramento, ‘FOX40 News in the Morning,’ March 23, 2020

Finding Calm in Isolation

Toan Lam shares a few ways to say calm and positive during the coronavirus pandemic.

KPIX 5 CBS, ‘Bay Area Focus,’ March 8, 2020

Bay Area Talk Show Host Toan Lam Talks About ‘The Toan Lam Show’

Talk show host Toan Lam loves telling other people’s stories. He stopped by Bay Area Focus to talk about his latest project, ‘The Toan Lam Show.’

NBC Bay Area, ‘Asian Pacific America,’ Dec. 15, 2019

Toan Lam on Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa

Toan Lam continues his mission to inspire others to follow their dreams with his new project: “The Toan Lam Show.”

KTVU Fox 2, ‘Mornings on 2,’ Nov. 14, 2019

First Pilot Episodes of “The Toan Lam Show”

Dave Clark sits down with Toan Lam, a rising star in the Bay Area, hoping to become the first Asian American male talk show host.

FOX40 Sacramento, Sept. 23, 2019

Getting your Home and Mind Ready for Fall with Toan Lam

Toan goes over his fall checklist to refresh your physical, mental and spiritual lives on FOX40 Sacramento’s morning show.

‘Lessons Lived’ Podcast, Aug. 29, 2019

Toan Lam, Find Your Truth

LESSONS: 1) Find your truth 2) You need a spiritual practice 3) Give back to others

FOX40 Sacramento, Aug. 16, 2019

How to Freshen Up Your Home for the Summer with Toan Lam

Toan shares his “Style Your Spirit” tips on DIY non-toxic bug sprays, changing your room’s ambience in seconds and “one magical life-changing tip” if you’re overwhelmed by Marie Kondo’s KonMari tyding method on FOX40 Sacramento’s morning show.

Apartment Therapy, June 20, 2019

A Storied San Francisco Home That Inspires Style and Spirit

“Walking through Toan’s home is like walking through a storybook. ‘Every well lived-in home tells a story,’ he says. His is no exception.”

The Modern Cavemen Podcast, April 22, 2019

Listen to The Whispers

“In this episode, we talk to Toan about lifestyle design, setting intentions, being in tune with your spirit, making an impact, and much more.”

Culture Chat with Mimi Chan, Jan. 7, 2018

Toan Lam on Finding Your Unique Power to Inspire

“I am truly inspired by his accomplishments and admire the work he has done through his nonprofit Go Inspire Go and urge everyone to check it out. I am grateful I had the opportunity to chat with him, and know you will find his energy and positivity as contagious as I did.”

Reinvention Radio, Aug. 10, 2017

Reinventing the American Dream

Hosts Steve Olsher, Mary Goulet and Richard Otey chat with Toan about his family’s escape from Vietnam and creating a new life and dream in America.

Academy Art U News, June 26, 2017

Positive Mindset Helps COM Instructor Fulfill Dreams and Inspire Others

“As a teacher and mentor, he hopes “TruthDare” will inspire his students and other listeners to think about what excites them, and figure out how to turn that passion into a living.”

Forbes, May 8, 2017

This Immigrant Found His ‘American Dream’ In Inspiring Others To Give Back

“After a successful career in TV reporting, today he is following his passion: To inspire others to dedicate themselves to service.”

USF Magazine, Apr. 11, 2017

Headlines with Heart

“Fed up with ‘death and destruction,’ former reporter Toan Lam now looks for stories that inspire.”

NBC Bay Area, Aug. 25, 2016

AARP ‘Caregiving: The Circle of Love’ documentary

“This documentary will spark those difficult conversations within families, because in the end, many of us will either be caregivers for our loved ones or need caregiving from them.”

KPIX 5, ‘Bay Sunday,’ Aug. 21, 2016

WATCH: Interview with Toan Lam

Kenny Choi, host of KPIX 5’s weekly show “Bay Sunday,” featuring light news, arts, and community information, interviews Toan Lam about the latest developments with Go Inspire Go.

1 Simple Thing Podcast, Aug. 8-12, 2016

LISTEN: Interview with Toan Lam

“Most people think they don’t have much power, and they don’t matter. Toan Lam says you can effect change just by tapping into the power of your story and realizing you are stronger than you think.”
Episode 1: Embrace Your Story
Episode 2: Identify Your Story
Episode 3: Communicate Your Story
Episode 4: The Impact of Sharing Your Story
Episode 5: Embracing and Telling Your Story

Pacific Citizen, July 20, 2016

Reimagine Everything: Asians Bring Our Own Values to Caregiving

“Though it might be difficult for AAPIs to talk about such tender issues openly, that reality is exactly why we need to discuss caregiving before it’s too late.”

Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, June 12, 2016

WATCH: Interview with Toan Lam

“Toan Lam, creator and host of talks about the website and how it harnesses social media to spark civic engagement and drive global giving and volunteerism” on NBC Bay Area’s weekly show, Asian Pacific America.

The What, March 23, 2016

Toan Lam – Our Friend of the Week

“Toan Lam has a way of making everyone he interviews feel comfortable and open. He’s the founder of Go Inspire Go, a platform that combines authentic stories with social media to create measurable action. Toan has often been referred to as the Asian Male Oprah. Read his answers to our 11Qs and you’ll see why.”

Marin Independent Journal, March 6, 2016

San Rafael event offers youngsters an early lesson in altruism

“250 parents and children made paper flowers for seniors, created care packages for the homeless, sewed superhero capes for hospitalized youths and otherwise engaged in community service during the event at the Marin County Office of Education in San Rafael.”

Forbes, Jan. 17, 2016

‘Happy News Year’ from Go Inspire Go

“Toan Lam tells us a different story. Toan is the founder of Go Inspire Go, a nonprofit that tells the authentic stories of everyday heroes around the world. I was blown away by these stories. I wanted to hear more. Specifically, I wanted to know why Toan cared so much about other peoples’ journeys. I wanted to know his origin story.”

Asian American Radio Group, Aug. 14, 2015

WATCH: Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go

Curtiss Kim of the Asian American Radio Group interviews Toan Lam at the 2015 Asian American Journalists Association national convention in San Francisco.

Breaking Free from the 9 to 5 Comfort Zone Podcast, March 3, 2015

Embodying Wonderment & Awe as a Change Maker

Nicolas Perrin talks with Toan about transitioning into a life that reflects your purpose and vision. “Are you looking at being of service, adding massive value and experiencing a sovereign life cradled within abundance, created from integrity and authenticity?”

Academy Art U News, Feb. 2015

Toan Lam Inspires Goodness Through Storytelling and Teaching

“Moments like this confirm for Lam that he’s on the right path — the path toward achieving his own potential as a storyteller, and the path toward helping others discover their own talents.”

KTVU Fox 2, ‘Bay Area People,’ Jan. 17, 2015

Power of Good project

Chief Inspirator Toan Lam talks to KTVU’s Lisa Yokota about his journey to discovering and creating the multimedia platform/movement Go Inspire Go.

Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 12, 2014

In Kentfield, cape-making crusaders join forces for sick kids

A group of unsung heroes came together in Kentfield to give a power boost to some little superheroes in need, making superhero capes to donate to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco as part of an event organized by Go Inspire Go.

Bread for the Journey Radio, June 28, 2014

Go Inspire Go – an Interview with Toan Lam and Kala Shah

“Bread for the Journey of Marin County made a grant of $1,500 to Go Inspire Go. We funded their Community Heroes program, which is a pilot project that works with young people, helping them to focus their inherent generosity by performing acts of kindness and community service. Today the program is spreading across the country. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Toan Lam and Kala Shah of Go Inspire Go.”

Marin Independent Journal, March 3, 2014

Sun Valley Elementary School students, parents hold ‘Day of Giving’ event in San Rafael

“About 120 parents and students gathered at the San Rafael school to mark a ‘Day of Giving’ in which children are shown how to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

KTVU Fox 2 News, March 2, 2014

-Mornings on 2

-KTVU Fox 2 News at 5 (Part 1) | (Part 2)

-Ten O’Clock News (Part 1) | (Part 2)

The Blaze, Feb. 10, 2014

How One Lawyer’s Selfless ‘Miracle’ Act Sparked a Chain Reaction of Goodwill

“California-based entertainment lawyer Tony Tolbert made headlines last year after agreeing to lend his fully furnished home to a poor family for one year. Now, 12 months later, Tolbert’s gesture has sparked a chain reaction of goodwill.”

Mediabistro, Feb. 5, 2014

So, What Do You Do, Toan Lam, ‘Chief Inspirator’ for Social Activism Site

Mediabistro interviews Toan Lam for its “So What Do You Do?” series.

Radio Disney AM 1110 (Los Angeles), Dec. 29, 2013

LISTEN: Interview with Toan Lam

Radio Disney’s LaFern Cusack speaks with Toan Lam about how he is using storytelling to inspire others to use their power to help others.

Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 23, 2013

Sun Valley Elementary School students in San Rafael donate gifts to needy families

“About 70 students at Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael (Calif.) donated gifts and household goods to two needy families in Marin County this holiday season as part of a school club created by a nonprofit that spurs people to help others.”

S.F. Weekly, Nov. 25, 2013

Holiday Cheer: Highlighting Good Deeds Around the United States

“Go Inspire Go, founded by San Franciscan, and former television news reporter, Toan Lam, is a site dedicated to sharing the stories, through social media channels, of those working to make the world a better place to live.”

AAJA Radio Group, Aug. 23, 2013

WATCH: Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go

AAJA’s Radio Group’s Curtiss Kim interviews Toan Lam at the 2013 Asian American Journalists Association National Convention in New York City.

V3con 2013, June 23, 2013

WATCH: Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go

V3 Digital Media Conference at the Japanese American National Museum. IdeateTV host Courtney Kato interviews Toan Lam who created Go Inspire Go.

Intent Blog, April 29, 2013

5 Amazing Stories from Go Inspire Go’s 50/50 Campaign

“We are inspired by the many ways people are rallying to use social media to make a difference in the world, and Go Inspire Go’s video stories poignantly capture these efforts. Here are five of our favorite stories from the 50/50 campaign.”, Dec. 17, 2012

12 Days of Inspiration This Holiday Season: Inspire to Make a Stand

“Go Inspire Go features inspirational, character-driven stories, about ‘regular people’ who do small acts that ripple out to BIG changes.”

NBC Bay Area, Nov. 9, 2012

WATCH: Helping Do-Gooders Do-Better

“Toan Lam may have left a promising television reporting career behind, but he made sure to take his story-telling skills with him.”

Bus 52, July 26, 2012

WATCH: Bus 52 Presents: Go Inspire Go

“As a TV reporter in San Francisco for eight years, Toan Lam learnt a great deal about how the media worked but he was unhappy with the work he was doing. Now, he inspires others to give back to their community rather than reporting only the negative.”

Intent Voices, April 16, 2012

Compassion for the People: Intent Voices Interview with Toan Lam

In this Q&A, Toan shares what inspires him and the one thing he’d teach in front of a packed stadium., Nov. 21, 2011

A Stolen Painting Sparks Inspiration

“Go Inspire Go (GIG) is all about discovering and using your power to help others…definitely check out GIG if you’re looking for some inspiration.”

Social Capital Media, Sept. 4, 2011

SOCAP11 Social Entrepreneur Spotlight: Toan Lam

An interview with Toan, who won a scholarship to attend SOCAP11, the world’s premier impact investing and social enterprenership gathering.

KYNO 940AM Live Talk Radio (Fresno, Calif.), June 30, 2011

LISTEN: Interview with Toan Lam

Bill McEwen, host of radio show Straight Talk, interviewed Toan about Go Inspire Go’s genesis and future.

USF Magazine, Summer 2011

Inspiring Change

Toan Lam feature article in University of San Francisco alumni magazine about Go Inspire Go’s successes and future.

“ABC News Now” & “Good Morning America,” Dec. 29, 2010

WATCH: Go Inspire Go and Inspiring Acts

Toan Lam interviewed on ABC News early morning network morning show about Go Inspire Go’s successes and recent partnership with Yahoo!’s Inspiring Acts for Year in Review 2010.

Yahoo! Front Page, Dec. 5, 2010

Yahoo! 2010 Year In Review Blog – Inspiring Acts

Toan Lam was selected to be the sole reporter to develop, vet, report and write 10 blogs for Yahoo! front page, Year In Review about the 10 inspirational people. This blog was published in conjunction with Yahoo!’s “How Good Grows: Ripples of Kindness” campaign.

AAJA Podcast, July 29, 2010

AASMBJ: Make the Most of the Convention

Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists, a sub-group of AAJA, hosts a 30 minute discussion on how to make the most out of the upcoming L.A. Convention in August.

Tyson Hunger Relief Blog, March 19, 2010

READ AND WATCH: Hunger All-Stars – Go Inspire Go

Interview with Toan Lam by Tyson Foods.

KSRO News Talk 1350 AM (Sonoma County, Calif.), Aug. 24, 2009

“North Bay Trails” morning show anchor Curtiss Kim featured a radio segment highlighting GIG’s accomplishments and successes.

ABC News, Good Morning America, Aug. 6, 2009

WATCH: An Angel in Queens

ABC network’s early morning show, “Good Morning America,” featured two GIG stories highlighting school bus driver, Jorge Munoz, who spends more than half of his $700 weekly salary on food to feed more than 150 hungry people at a subway stop every night. The world-wide community responded with donations and offers to replace his broken stove. The story went viral when “Good Morning America,” “The Rachel Ray Show,” and many multimedia outlets contacted us.

Yahoo! and AOL Front Page, July 29, 2009

5-Year-Old Helps Feed Nearly 18,000

Websites featured GIG’s story about a preschool student, who raised over $4,000 to feed the homeless in San Francisco, CA. GIG’s video inspired a total of $20,202 and a poultry company to donate 15 tons of chicken to the San Francisco Food Bank, resulting in 135,000 meals served.

News10 Sacramento (KXTV), April 1, 2009

WATCH: Good People – JFK Students

Local high school students motivated by a GIG produced story about homeless people living in a tent city outside of Sacramento, decide to raise funds for food and clothes for its residents. The students raised enough donations to purchase non-perishable items for several of the tent city families.