Member News: May 2018 Roundup


Gita_BW_Headshot.jpgGita Amar (AAJA-Los Angeles) has been appointed to the California Complete Count Census Committee, Governor Brown’s statewide panel of volunteer community members that will guide California’s outreach for the 2020 federal census. She currently works as a senior director at PMK-BNC and previously was a self-employed senior media relations consultant, a senior consulting producer at Fleishman-Hillard Communications and a senior media relations consultant at Golin Harris. Prior to consulting, Gita was a producer at National Public Radio and an executive producer at Fox News Channel and Fox News Online. She holds a Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law and a master’s in television, radio and film from the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. Gita currently serves as an Advisory Board member of AAJA-Los Angeles and has been an AAJA member since 1998. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. 


Cheung.jpgPaul Cheung (AAJA-Florida) recently joined the Knight Foundation as their director/journalism focusing on technology innovation. In this position, he will oversee investments and initiatives designed to drive transformational change in news media. He will connect a diverse network of entrepreneurs, innovators, journalists and creative thinkers to develop new digital products and applications and will help explore new models and methods that can help sustain the future of journalism. Paul currently serves as the director of the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) and previously served two terms as AAJA national president from 2013 to 2016. Follow Paul on Twitter at @pcheung630.



VivianHo.jpgVivian Ho (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is a reporter who covered the criminal justice beat for The San Francisco Chronicle and served on the newspaper’s breaking news team for six years. She was recently selected as a Livingston Awards finalist for her work on “A Life on the Line,” a series of two articles covering the story of San Francisco resident Cecilia Lam, a victim of domestic violence who was killed by her boyfriend in 2014. Before she joined The Chronicle in 2011, Vivian reported for The Boston Globe and The Worcester Telegram and Gazette. She is currently working on her first book, an exploration of America’s lost street youth and the violence that shapes them, set for publication by Little A in 2019. A New England native, Vivian graduated from Boston University in 2011. Follow Vivian on Twitter at @VivianHo.



Curtiss Kim (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is a general assignment reporter and news anchor for KCBS San Francisco and is part of the KCBS Radio News team that won three National Headliners Awards given by the Atlantic City Press Club. Awards included the single best radio broadcast of the year for Breaking News coverage of the October Wine Country wildfires. KCBS also won for Breaking News and Best Continuing Coverage. Curtiss was also part of the station’s effort in winning five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards which included Overall Excellence, Breaking News Coverage and Best Newscast. Follow Curtiss on Twitter at @curtisskim.



LianParsons.jpgLian Parsons (AAJA-New England) will be joining Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street as a digital content coordinator. In this position, she will be working on social media strategy to get millennials interested in cooking, putting together their newsletter and doing other odds and ends, including eating all the food from the on-site recipe development kitchen. Lian graduated from Temple University’s Klein School of Media and Communication in December 2017 with a B.A. in journalism. Her bylines can be found in Wicked Local, City A.M.,, Technically Media and The Temple News. Follow Lian on Twitter at @Lian_Parsons.



LibertyZabala.jpegLiberty Zabala (AAJA-San Diego) received three Emmy nominations for covering breaking news this year: one for Oustanding Team Coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, one for Outstanding Team Coverage for the North Park water main break and one for Breaking News – Spot News for covering the Lilac Fire. She currently works as a weather anchor & fill-in news anchor for NBC 7 San Diego and serves as chapter president of AAJA-San Diego. Follow Liberty on Twitter at @LibertyNBC7SD.



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