Minnesota Chapter Member: Leslie Brooks Suzukamo

Minnesota Chapter Member: Leslie Brooks Suzukamo

By Paul Cheung   05.23.2012

Les Suzukamo is an award-winning business reporter covering technology, energy and local media. He was a founding member of AAJA’s Minnesota chapter and was co-chairman of the Twin Cities AAJA National Convention in 1996. Q&A What’s your


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Washington, D.C., Chapter Member: Sisi Wei

Washington, D.C., Chapter Member: Sisi Wei

By Paul Cheung   05.22.2012

Sisi is an interactive graphics designer and journalist who aspires to use stunning and interactive visual displays to tell stories that attract even the most uninterested reader. She believe that transforming complex information into


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Florida Chapter Member: Ricky Ly

Florida Chapter Member: Ricky Ly

By Paul Cheung   05.21.2012

Ricky Ly is food writer for Asia Trend Magazine and TastyChomps.com, a food blog in Orlando, that has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as Best Food Blog. He is the author of the


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San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Member: Luke Stangel

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Member: Luke Stangel

By Paul Cheung   05.20.2012

AAJA runs in the family for Luke Stangel. Stangel’s uncle is longtime AAJA member and AP photographer Paul Sakuma, one of his inspirations growing up. The 29-year-old from Palo Alto spent several years as a


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New York Chapter Member: Jeannie Park

New York Chapter Member: Jeannie Park

By Paul Cheung   05.19.2012

Jeannie Park is a former executive editor of People magazine and a leader in diversity efforts in the field of journalism. She spent 22-plus years at Time Inc., working at Time, In Style, Entertainment


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Los Angeles Chapter Member: Suzanne Joe Kai

Los Angeles Chapter Member: Suzanne Joe Kai

By Paul Cheung   05.18.2012

Suzanne Joe Kai was among the first Asian American female news broadcasters to “break the glass ceiling.” She was an on-camera TV news reporter and program host for KRON-TV (NBC-SF), and also worked at


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Seattle Chapter Member: Frank Blethen

Seattle Chapter Member: Frank Blethen

By Paul Cheung   05.17.2012

Frank Blethen is publisher of the Seattle Times/seattletimes.com, the second largest newspaper/website on the West Coast. The Times is known for its strong local coverage and its aggressive investigative reporting.   The Times has won eight


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Arizona Chapter Member: Michelle Lee

Arizona Chapter Member: Michelle Lee

By Paul Cheung   05.16.2012

Michelle Ye Hee Lee covers Maricopa County government and politics for the Arizona Republic. Michelle was an active AAJA student member in Atlanta and is now a chapter board member in Arizona. She was


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Philadelphia Chapter Member: Romy Varghese

Philadelphia Chapter Member: Romy Varghese

By Paul Cheung   05.15.2012

Romy Varghese covers finance and politics in Pennsylvania for Bloomberg News. She was part of a Dow Jones team of reporters that won a New York Press Club Journalism award in 2009 for their coverage


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Chicago Chapter Member: Katie Zhu

Chicago Chapter Member: Katie Zhu

By Paul Cheung   05.14.2012

Katie Zhu is a Northwestern University junior exploring the intersection of journalism and technology. She was raised in the United States, Switzerland and Asia, speaks three languages and helped build GOOD’s mobile site. She


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