New York Chapter Member: Michelle Yu

Michelle Yu is an anchor/reporter for the SNY network. Prior to joining SNY, she was a sports reporter at NY1 News. Michelle began her sports journalism career in print, writing for Gannett’s Journal News and Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine. In 2003, Michelle made the transition from print to television when she joined College Sports Television. She has also spent time as a sports reporter on Time Warner Cable’s “Sportstime” show in New Jersey. A Bronx native, Michelle co-wrote her first novel, “China Dolls,” in 2007; her second novel, “Young, Restless & Broke,” was published in 2009. She graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in communications. She currently lives in Manhattan, and she will be the co-chair of AAJA’s 2013 convention.

Q&A

Who do you look up to in the news industry as a role model?
In the sports industry, I really respect Doris Burke from ESPN and think she’s a true professional. I like her no-nonsense attitude and great knowledge of sports. In the news industry, I am a big fan of Michelle Kosinski of NBC. She’s versatile and tells a great story whether or not it’s hard or soft news.

How did you get involved with AAJA?
I got involved with AAJA back in 2001 when I was an intern at CBS. I met Cindy Hsu, and she was such a great mentor who told me about AAJA. It has been such a great networking tool for me, and I’ve made so many wonderful friends in the process. I’m a big supporter and love giving back now. It is also a sign that I’m old since I’m the mentor now! :)

Why did you decide to become a journalist? What inspired you?
I have always wanted to be a sportscaster. I had that vision when I was in grade school. I was a big sports fan. I played tennis throughout my life and went on to play collegiately. I was also a huge NBA fan, and my dream was to meet Michael Jordan. Watching the Bulls as a little kid with my dad inspired me to be a sports anchor.

Why is media diversity important to you?
I think media diversity is extremely important in this day and age because we want to tell fair stories without any bias. And since society is so diverse today, it is pivotal that we should have the ability to present everything in an appropriate light.

What do you love most about being Asian American?
I love celebrating the Asian culture as an Asian American. While I am an American, I feel privileged that I can learn about my culture and traditions from my parents and grandmother. And who wouldn’t want to be Asian American? The food and traditions in the Asian culture rock!