Member News: April 2018 Roundup


Julianne Chiaet (AAJA-New York) recently joined Mic’s branded content team as their newsletter writer for GE’s tech and innovation newsletter, The GE Brief. Previously, she worked at Healthcasts, a media platform for doctors, running their blog and editing all of their content. She was also working as a freelance journalist and has bylines in Scientific American, The Guardian (Guardian Labs), The Daily Beast and more. Julianne graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelors degree in journalism and media studies and a minor in Japanese. She currently serves as the AAJA New York chapter vice president. Follow Julianne on Twitter at @JuliChiaet



Nicole Dungca (AAJA-New England) and two colleagues at The Boston Globe have been selected as finalists for the Livingston Awards, a national competition honoring outstanding journalism by reporters under 35. The stories revealed a pattern of alleged abuse of the homeless by security guards at a local sports arena, and led to the arrest of one of the suspects, and the firing of the security company. This year, Nicole and the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team were also chosen as finalists in the local reporting category in the Pulitzer Prizes. The seven-part series focused on racism and racial disparities within major institutions in the Boston region. Nicole, who serves as AAJA’s vice president of communications, has been at The Boston Globe since 2014, and joined the newspaper’s Spotlight team last year. Follow Nicole on Twitter at @ndungca.



Mark Kim (AAJA-Chicago) will be joining the ESPN social media team as an assistant editor. Prior to joining ESPN, Mark worked as a videographer at NBC Sports Chicago and as a sports reporter/anchor for KOMU-TV. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in May 2017. This is Mark’s second year as an AAJA member and he is active in both the AAJA Sports Task Force and Yung AAJA. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkJKim_.




Pat Poblete (AAJA-Arizona) is a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University studying broadcast journalism. He was recently awarded the Thomson Reuters/White House Correspondents’ Association Trust in Reporting Scholarship where he will be moving to Washington, D.C. to report on Arizona politics for Cronkite News. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus on international relations, and hosts a weekly broadcast segment that seeks to decrease partisanship by highlighting the thought process behind contentious political topics. He has two semesters to complete before graduating, after which he hopes to report on domestic and international politics. Follow Pat on Twitter at @ByPatPoblete.



Benjamin Pu (AAJA-New York) has accepted an offer as a breaking news associate producer for NBC News and MSNBC. His new duties include monitoring live events and breaking news situations, coordinating coverage across the NBC network and creating graphics and tape to contribute to coverage. He hopes he will soon be eligible for a blue checkmark on social media. Ben currently serves as the New York chapter’s social media chair and webmaster, the chair of the chapter’s Trivia Bowl and as the director of yung AAJA. Follow Ben on Twitter at @benjamin_pu and visit his website at




Pamela Wu (AAJA-Sacramento) was recently honored with the Gold Star Community Service Award by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) for her service to the Asian American community. Pamela is currently the Director of Communications and Media Relations for UC Davis Health. A longtime broadcast journalist, she is also a contributing host on Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR member station. Previously, she was an anchor/reporter at KCRA-TV (NBC). Pamela has served on AAJA’s national advisory board and co-directs AAJA Media Institute, a program that trains diverse experts to become valuable sources to the media. She was AAJA’s Member of the Year in 2015. Follow Pamela on Twitter at @pamelawu.

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