AAJA Member News: April 2013 Roundup


Spencer Hsu (AAJA-Washington, D.C.) was named a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.  As an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, he explored flawed forensic evidence in a series of criminal cases prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. Hsu’s watchdog journalism caused a review of more than 20,000 cases. Hsu has also covered homeland security, Washington, D.C.-area members of the U.S. Congress and Virginia politics for the Post. His previous recognitions include the 2012 Scripps Howard Foundation Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize  and The Innocence Network Journalism Award.

Doris Truong by Hyungwon KangDoris Truong (AAJA-Washington, D.C.) has received the eighth Robinson Prize from the American Copy Editors Society. The award recognizes “substantial contributions to the craft of copy editing and excellence in overall copy-editing skills” and includes a $3,000 prize. Truong is a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post. She is immediate past president of AAJA and is currently vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and the 2003 AAJA Executive Leadership Program.


Tomoko A. Hosaka (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is Chief Operating Officer at Plympton, a digital publishing startup. The company, founded by journalist and author Jennifer 8. Lee, aims to revive serialized fiction for the digital age. Hosaka was previously News & Politics Manager at Ustream and a Tokyo-based reporter for The Associated Press. She serves on AAJA’s Governing Board and is a graduate of the 2012 Executive Leadership Program.

Sital_webSital S. Patel (AAJA-New York) is a reporter at MarketWatch, covering Wall Street and financial services, based in New York.  Prior to joining MarketWatch, Sital worked as a producer, reporter, researcher for Fox Business Network where she has covered a broad range of financial stories including different aspects of Wall Street, earnings, the stock market and politics. Patel was a past New York Chapter President, a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program and currently serves as an AAJA National Advisory Board Representative for the chapter.


Jessica Chen (AAJA-New York) has joined the News 12 team as a freelance reporter in the New York metro area. Prior to becoming part of News 12 team, she was a reporter at KRNV in Reno, NV, and worked in Taiwan at Next TV Broadcasting Limited. Chen is a graduate of University of California, San Diego and enjoys reporting human interest stories.


Corky_Lee_webCorky Lee (AAJA-New York) and his work is being featured in a photography exhibition at Stony Brook University titled “Asian Roots/American Soil.”  He is a freelance journalist, who for 41 years years has used his camera to ensure that the faces of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their experiences are included in American history. By documenting the civil rights struggle, he has retold these stories through a special lens.

Photo Credit: Jason Jem


To submit your own Member News, send a 30- to 40-word write-up (subject to editing) with a biography and a photo to AAJA’s National Office.

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