AAJA Members Elect Leow and Lee to National Governing Board

AAJA members have elected two new officers to the Governing Board: Yvonne Leow as Vice President for Print and Michelle Lee as Secretary.

AAJA held the election to seat a Vice President for Print and Secretary for two-year terms beginning January 1, 2014. Results were announced at the 2013 Gala Banquet in New York at AAJA’s National Convention on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

National VP for Print-elect: Yvonne Leow

yvonne new headshotAbout Yvonne Leow
Yvonne Leow is the video editor for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, an initiative aimed to support local newspapers across 21st-Century Media and MediaNews Group. Leow was the recipient of the Ford Foundation’s NewU Fellowship Program in 2011 and serves as a member of AAJA’s National Governing Board. To learn more about Yvonne, please visit: yvonneleow.tumblr.com.

An excerpt from Leow’s candidate statement: As journalists, we are living reminders that our craft is undergoing an incredible transformation. It is not always easy, but change is an opportunity for reinvention. It is a chance to defy expectations. 


National Secretary-elect: Michelle Lee

MichelleLeeAbout Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee is a reporter at the Arizona Republic. She covers government and politics of Maricopa County, the fourth-largest county in the U.S., with a focus on watchdog and public money accountability. She has played a key role in some of the newspaper’s national breaking-news stories, including the paper’s Pulitzer-Prize finalist coverage of the 2011 Tucson shooting involving former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the recent Jodi Arias murder trial. Lee is the recipient of the 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors Minority Development Fellowship and the 2012 Gannett Award of Excellence: Breaking news reporting.

An excerpt from Lee’s candidate statement: We are the strongest champions of each other, who want to see more AAPI presence in media and in the community. Underlying that is professional development – making sure that our members are best positioned in their newsrooms to affect change and promote diversity within the office and in their communities.

Read the complete candidate statements.


The 2013 Fall Governing Board meeting will take place November 1-2, 2013 at the AAJA National Office, 5 Third Street, Suite 1108, San Francisco, CA 94103.