MediaWatch holds news media organizations accountable to standards of accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues. In consultation with AAJA’s president, the all-volunteer committee considers and issues statements on AAJA’s behalf.
Bobby Caina Calvan, a Washington D.C.–based freelance reporter, chairs the MediaWatch committee. He is currently the lead reporter for the Heartland Project, a yearlong Nebraska-based reporting fellowship funded by the Ford foundation to promote coverage of communities of color and the gay and lesbian communities. He previously worked in the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, covering Congress and the 2012 presidential race. He has also reported on the federal health care law for the Sacramento Bee and covered the war in Iraq for McClatchy Newspapers. Among other highlights of his career: covering baseball’s 2010 World Series, when the San Francisco Giants triumphed over the Texas Rangers. Follow him @CalvanBobby and @BobbyCalvan. Email him at Calvan.MediaWatch@gmail.com.
Chris Casquejo is a regional correspondent for CCTV America based in Seattle. Previously, Chris covered state politics for seven network affiliated stations in Florida, including WFLA in Tampa and WPTV in West Palm Beach. He’s worked as a general assignment reporter at stations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Chris was born and raised in Detroit. He attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL.
Ti-Hua Chang is an award-winning journalist at WNYW/Fox 5. On 9/11, he was the first reporter to inform the public on that day’s number of causalities. In 1996, he won the Peabody Award for a series of reports he filed on accused drug-dealing murderers. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005 for a piece exposing police use of infrared equipment to spy on private citizens. Chang has also won five Emmys. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Chang was named by Columbia in 2004 as one of 10 most influential Columbia alumni in New York City, where he resides with his family.
Jonathan Choe is a general assignment reporter for KMSP FOX 9 in Minneapolis. Prior to Choe’s current stint in Minneapolis, he served as an adjunct professor for Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism Department. He also worked as a general assignment reporter in Chicago for Tribune Co.’s CLTV, WCIA-3 CBS in Champaign, IL and was a writer at NECN and WHDH NBC in Boston, MA. Choe received his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University’s College of Communications. He’s currently a student liaison for the Asian American Journalists Association’s Minneapolis chapter and also served as co-president of the New England Chapter.
Stephen Jiwanmall is a video reporter/producer at the Bucks County Courier Times in suburban Philadelphia. He serves as social media director for AAJA’s Philadelphia chapter and is a 2013 graduate of the AAJA Voices program. Stephen is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and La Salle University. He recently worked on a video series “Remembering Riley,” covering transgender issues after the suicide of a local teenager. You can follow Stephen on Twitter at @SteveJiwanmall and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jiwanmallnews.
Iris Kuo is a seasoned business and energy journalist who reports on the U.S. oil industry for top energy news wire Argus Media in Houston. Previously, she led green energy investment coverage for tech news outlet VentureBeat and served as an international correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Her work has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, North Texas Public Radio and on the front pages of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Miami Herald. She has reported on everything from the soaring price of tea leaves in China to golf course brawls in Houston. Outside of work, she is leading development of an app that will quantify and bring attention to the gender gap among senior leaders of major brands. She served as chapter president of AAJA Texas from 2010-12.
Abe Kwok is a looper – that is, he has a way of circling back to things. This is his second – third? – stint with the Media Watch committee, and we’ve lost track of how many times he’s made his way back on the AAJA National Advisory Board. His day job is with azcentral.com/The Arizona Republic, where he beats the hired help on the homepage team. He also moonlights every other semester or so at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, much to the chagrin of his fellow University of Arizona alumni.
Ling Woo Liu is the director of strategic communications for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of AAPI civil rights organizations. In her previous position as the first director of the Fred Korematsu Institute, she launched a national curriculum program and helped pass Fred Korematsu Day, the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American. Prior to her non-profit work, she spent a decade as a multimedia journalist, most recently as a reporter for TIME in Hong Kong. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for master’s degrees in journalism and asian studies and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry Mok is a writer, editor and social media manager for the University of California Office of the President. He is a former editor in chief of Hyphen magazine, an Asian American news and culture magazine produced by an all-volunteer staff. Before joining UC, he was a Web producer for the Bay Area News Group (San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times), a copy editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, online editor for ChannelA.com. He has also worked for Newsday, the San Francisco Examiner and the Associated Press.
Zain Shauk is a reporter covering the energy industry for Bloomberg News in Houston. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle as an energy reporter and a general assignment reporter. Zain has also reported for newspapers in suburban Los Angeles and Amman, Jordan. He has covered crime, politics, NASA, small businesses, education and health care, among other issues. He is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Doris Truong is a homepage editor at The Washington Post, where she co-chairs the newsroom Diversity Committee. Before moving to the digital side, she was a longtime multiplatform editor for The Post and a copy editor at the Dallas Morning News. She helped edit The Post’s Jack Abramoff investigative reporting package that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Wayne State chose her for its Spirit of Diversity Award in 2014. In 2013, she received the American Copy Editors Society’s Robinson Prize, recognizing substantial contributions to the craft of copy editing. She was the 2011-12 AAJA national president and is vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She has been a faculty member at the Poynter Institute and a presenter to international audiences. Truong is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and a Smithsonian-exhibited photographer. Find her at doristruong.com and @doristruong.
Martyn Williams is a senior correspondent at IDG News Service in San Francisco. Previously, he was a 2011-12 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He arrived in California from a 16-year stint in Tokyo where he served as bureau chief for IDG covering the IT and electronics industry in Japan and South Korea. He is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, runs the North Korea Tech website and covered the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami for Voice of America.