Dinah Eng Leadership Fellows Announced for 2014

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is pleased to announce Marilyn Ajavananda (AAJA-New York), Hannah Bae (AAJA-New York), Sachi Fujimori (AAJA-New York), Yuriko Nagano (AAJA-Asia), Archith Seshadri (AAJA-Atlanta) and Jocelyn “Joz” Wang (AAJA-Los Angeles) have each been awarded a 2014 Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship to be applied toward defraying the cost of tuition for professional development. The Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship widens opportunities for mid-career AAJA members pursuing the strategies and skills needed to enter news management and advance within its ranks. Many of the recipients apply the fellowship to the cost of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP).

“The judges had the difficult but rewarding task of pouring through a number applications from qualified recipients for the Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship Program,” said Mae Cheng, fellowship judge and Special Projects Editor at The Wall Street Journal. “We weighed individuals’ qualifications for ELP, their financial needs, as well as the plans they laid out for how attending ELP would help them professionally. It was tough to narrow the field down to just a few, but we feel confident that this year’s fellows will not only make positive contributions in their careers but will also carry forth Dinah’s spirit of leadership and altruism.”

The Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship was developed in honor of Dinah Eng, a contributing writer for Fortune Magazine and a freelancer based in Los Angeles. Eng, a past president of AAJA, is the founder of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP), serving as director for its first 15 years. Fellows receive financial assistance for programs such as ELP, university-level management programs and leadership courses at institutions that include the Poynter Institute and journalism schools that charge tuition.

Since the fellowship’s inaugural year in 2012, 14 AAJA members have received the fellowship in recognition of their accomplishments and promise for future growth as managers and leaders in the news industry.

AAJA is proud to recognize the 2014 recipients of the Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship:

marilyn_ajavanandaMarilyn Ajavananda has combined newspaper and community volunteerism into a lifelong learning experience. Her key work and volunteer roles include copy editor at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Media Group, new Unite Rochester blogger and APA advocate.



hannah_baeHannah Bae is a social media coordinator at Newsday. She previously worked int he press office of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, where she lived for six years. She served from 2011-2013 as AAJA-Asia’s vice president and as a Princeton-in-Asia Journalism Fellow from 2007-2009.



sachi_fujimoriSachi Fujimori earned her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University in 2000. After college, she taught English in Japan before earning her Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley. For the past six years, Fujimori was a reporter at The Bergen Record newspaper.



yuriko_naganoYuriko Nagano is a Tokyo-based American freelance reporter. She has reported for Bloomberg BNA, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, International New York Times and The Economist.




archith_seshadriArchith Seshadri is a reporter and fill-in anchor at the newest Fox station in Charlotte, NC and has a Master’s in Engineering. He has interned at CNN, worked at Accenture as a consultant and was a co-founder of the Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists (AASMBJ). Having worked in different cities in Georgia, he currently serves as vice president of AAJA-Atlanta.



joz_wangJocelyn “Joz” Wang is a digital entrepreneur creating spaces for under-represented voices. She is Editor-in-chief/CEO of the popular 8Asians.com, which features original, diverse commentary on community issues. In 2011, she acquired the Metblogs Network and runs the entire international network—consisting of over 50 sites worldwide—as its Publisher/CEO.




For more information, contact Justin Seiter at justins@aaja.org or 415-346-2051, ext. 107.