Janet Cho (At-Large) was one of five U.S. journalists and seven Chinese journalists chosen for a two-week 2012 China-U.S. Journalists Exchange, sponsored by the East-West Center, the Better Hong Kong Foundation and the All China Journalists Association. Cho and her U.S. colleagues visited Beijing, Yunnan Province in Southwest China, Hong Kong and Honolulu as part of the study tour. Read her stories from China: “China wants more US-made products, government says” and “Former Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes left lasting impact in China’s Great Wall.“ Cho, AAJA’s former National Vice President for Print, serves on the board of UNITY Journalists.
Adam Vance (AAJA-Florida) won two television Emmys in December. He works for WTSP 10News in St. Petersburg, FL as a Special Projects Photographer. Vance has been shooting television news for nearly 15 years, 11 of them in the Tampa area. Prior to his tenure in Florida, he worked in Albuquerque, NM, for KOAT-TV and KOB-TV. He currently serves as the Florida Chapter’s vice president.
Casey Capachi (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is the recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2012 Pete Wilson Graduate Scholarship. She is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is a Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Journalism Fellow. Capachi’s stories have appeared in several publications including The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, and The Contra Costa Times in California. She has interned at several television stations in California including the NBC News Burbank bureau, ABC7’s 7 On Your Side with KGO-TV in San Francisco and KTVU Channel 2 News in the East Bay.
Maureen Francisco (AAJA-Seattle) is debuting her book It Takes Moxie: Off the Boat, or Out of School, to Making It Your Way in America. She is sharing success stories of high-profile immigrants and outlining work habits that lead to success. Francisco is the co-owner of NW Productions, a media and production company. She previously worked for the CBS and NBC affiliates in Yakima, Wash., ABC and FOX affiliates in Savannah, Ga., the NBC affiliate in Flint, Mich., and Northwest Cable News in Seattle.
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