Elizabeth Jia (AAJA-Washington, DC) has been nominated for her first Emmy from the National Capital and Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy is for her year-long span of work profiling local non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Jia is a multimedia journalist/producer at WUSA 9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. Her coverage has also won one of the 2013 Dateline Awards given by the Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, DC Chapter. Jia has previously served as Membership Chair and Vice President of Broadcast for AAJA-Washington, DC.
Murali Balaji (AAJA-Philadelphia) is now the Director of Education and Curriculum Reform for the Hindu American Foundation, a national advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Balaji, a former award-winning newspaper journalist and author of several books, had previously been an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Temple University. Prior to that, he had been Chair of the Mass Communications Department at Lincoln University. He is a past Presdent of the Minnesota and Philadelphia chapters, receiving the AAJA Chapter President of the Year award in 2005, and is a 2005 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program.
Aisha Sultan (AAJA-At-Large) has had her weekly feature column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch picked up for syndication by Universal Uclick. The column, which focuses on parenting and relationship issues, will launch nationally this fall. Sultan is the Home and Family Editor at the Post-Dispatch. She has previously written for The Wall Street Journal and is a Knight Wallace Fellow. She was recognized by the Society for Features Journalism for Integrated Storytelling (2013) and Commentary (2012). She has been involved with AAJA since 1996 and is a 2010 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program.
Sangwon Yoon (AAJA-Asia) has been named Bloomberg’s new Diplomatic Correspondent covering the U.S. State Department and United Nations. She was previously Korea Government Reporter and worked for other notable organizations such as Al-Jazeera English, The Associated Press and Thomson Reuters. Yoon, a graduate of New York University, is fluent in Korean, Modern Hebrew, French and is currently learning Arabic (Levantine dialect).
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