AAJA Member News: December 2014 Roundup

1277961_10151568840396825_17278487_oKaren Gaudette Brewer (AAJA-Seattle) has published her first book: Seafood Lover’s Pacific Northwest (Globe Pequot Press), a thorough guidebook that highlights the best and most unique seafood restaurants, oyster bars, festivals, foraging opportunities and coastal adventures in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia and includes more than 20 recipes from top regional chefs.

Brewer is a senior editor at Allrecipes.com and a former food writer with The Seattle Times. She launched her journalism career covering energy and transportation with The Associated Press in San Francisco.

Follow her on Twitter @nwfoodette. Learn more about Karen here.


Venice Bush pixVenice Buhain (AAJA-Seattle) recently joined The Seattle Globalist as an editor. The Globalist is a nonprofit daily news publication covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe. Among her duties at the Globalist will be to cover news and to edit freelancers and contributors to the site.

Before the Globalist, she has worked for Bellevue Patch, The Olympian, The Daily News in Longview and the (late) Eastside Journal in Bellevue. She also is looking forward to covering the 2015 Washington State Legislative session for TVW, an Olympia-based cable station that covers state politics.

Follow Venice on Twitter @venicebuhain. Learn more about Venice here.


IMG_2723Hoang-Kim Cung (AAJA-Texas) is a video journalist and fill-in anchor on weekdays at NBC Nebraska (KSNB) in Hastings, Nebraska. She joined the KGIN, 1011 Central Nebraska News team in April. After a merger between Gray Television and Hoak Media, Hoang-Kim began reporting for KSNB. If she’s not reporting full-time, Hoang-Kim is filling in as an anchor for the morning and midday shows or 5:00 p.m. newscast.

On November 23, 2014, she was crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2015 at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Contestants are judged in swimsuit, evening gown, personal interview and an on-stage question. Cung will be going on to compete in the Miss USA pageant in the summer of 2015.

Follow Hoang-Kim on Twitter @HKCung.


profilepic 2Peter Prengaman (AAJA-Atlanta) is an award-winning, cross-format journalist who has covered major stories in over a dozen countries for the past 12 years with The Associated Press. Prengaman, is finishing up a sabbatical in Rabat, Morocco, where he has been since May, Studying Arabic and teaching a journalism course. In January, he will begin as news editor for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, and will be based in Buenos Aires.

He is a passionate linguist who speaks Spanish, Arabic and French at different levels of fluency. He is also a self-appointed mentor to several young journalists inside the AP and a handful outside the company, particularly AAJA members and students who have studied in the program, “Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media.” In 2013, he was an editor-mentor for VOICES at the AAJA convention.

Follow Peter on Twitter @peterprengaman.


130923.mca.ODE.Newsroom.Headshots.116.jpgAndrew Seng (AAJA-Sacramento) spent the 2014 summer as a photography intern at The Sacramento Bee, the latest beneficiary of a partnership that is now in its fifth year between the paper and AAJA-Sacramento. Seng, a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Oregon, recently completed his extended internship in December and will be returning to The Bee for a nine-month position starting in April and ending December, 2015. He will return to Oregon to finish his journalism degree in January.

Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewSeng. See more of Andrew’s photos here.