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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Sachin Shenolikar is currently senior editor at Group SJR. Formerly a senior editor at Sports Illustrated Kids, he oversaw the magazine’s NBA, NFL and college sports beats. He is also a former board member of AAJA’s NY chapter and co-chair of Time Inc.’s Asian American Association (A3).
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.