AAJA Member News: April 2014 Roundup

DavarArdalanDavar Ardalan (AAJA-Washington D.C.) will be in New York to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10th. Her grandfather came through Ellis Island in October of 1919. This is an annual award recognizing “American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life,” according to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (@NECO_org).

Davar works at NPR as a senior producer for Tell Me More.

(Photo Credit: Amy Ta)


Chris Casquejo (AAJA-Seattle) became CCTV America’s first regional correspondent based in Seattle in January 2014. Prior to joining the network, Chris reported for First Business News, a nationally syndicated daily financial news and analysis program produced in Chicago.





Carolyn Chin WatsonCarolyn Chin Watson (AAJA-Michigan) has been promoted to be news design director of The Detroit News. She has worked for The Detroit News as a designer for four years. She previously interned at The Denver Post and The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Carolyn Chin Watson currently serves on the AAJA’s Advisory Board.




Cecilia KangCecilia Kang (AAJA-Washington, D.C.) was a contributor to The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize 2014 award for “Public Service” for its revealing coverage of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. The article “U.S. mines Internet firms’ data, documents show” demonstrate how U.S. intelligence community gained access to the servers of nine Internet companies through a top-secret program, code-named PRISM.




yvonne new headshotYvonne Leow (AAJA-New Yorkhas been selected to be a U.S. Knight Fellow for 2014-2015. She hopes to create a tool that visualizes a newspaper’s historical data to help journalists better cover their communities. She works as a senior associate at North Base Media and previously worked at Digital First Media, the Associated Press and The Seattle Times. She is currently the AAJA Vice President for Print.




staffAndrew Tran (AAJA-New England) was part of Boston Globe’s live blog team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for “Breaking News Reporting”. The team provided comprehensive and up-to-date information about the Boston marathon bombing. The reporting included a live blog that documented the unfolding story with tweets, photos and conversations from community members and garnered over 6.6 million page views and 3.2 million visits over the course of the week.




Dalton Tanonaka (AAJA-Asialeft Indonesia’s 24-hour news channel Metro TV in January to become CEO of the country’s first 24-hour all-English operation called “The Indonesia Channel.” It will launch globally in June 2014. Tanonaka was AAJA Member of the Year in 1997.





Doris Truong (AAJA-Washington, D.C.) received Wayne State University’s 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award. The award, bestowed April 11 by the school’s Institute for Media Diversity, honors a journalist whose professional contributions have advanced the cause of diversifying voices in America’s news media environment. Truong is the first person to be recognized for work on behalf of Asian Americans. She is a homepage editor at The Washington Post, co-chair of The Post’s Diversity Committee and vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is a member of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee and was AAJA national president in 2011-12.