Announcing the 2018 ELP Class


The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is proud to announce the following members who will be participating in the 23rd Executive Leadership Program taking place on March 20-24, 2018 at the City University of New York (CUNY).

To date, more than 500 journalists and media professionals have completed the program since its inception in 1995. The program is open to professional journalists who are interested in moving ahead in the workplace and developing the skills to achieve goals, professional and personal.

In recent years, AAJA has opened the application to all journalists. In the past, the esteemed program was only offered to AAJA members. The change reflects one aspect of AAJA’s mission to advance minority journalists as news managers and media executives and play a vital role in the diversification of newsrooms across the country.

Please join AAJA in welcoming our 23rd ELP Class!






CeFaan Kim

CeFaan is currently a reporter with WABC-TV in New Yok City and also serves as co-chair of AAJA MediaWatch. With 15 years experience he has spent every single day of his career serving and fighting for his commmunity and every community; and advocating for diversity in journalism; both on-air and behind the scenes.







Elaine Ramirez

Elaine Ramirez is a business journalist in Seoul, South Korea, where she was an AAJA-Asia Seoul subchapter board member in 2017. After reporting at The Korea Herald newspaper and directing three magazines, she freelances coverage of South Korea's tech and startup underbelly for Forbes Asia, Bloomberg BNA, Mashable and other global outlets. She is also a lead organizer of N3Con, AAJA-Asia's annual media conference, for which she founded N3 Magazine, the event's supplementary publication, and N3ConU, its student experience program. Now she works to build synergy between AAJA National and Asia.






Emily Jan

Emily is a photojournalist, photo editor, and art director based in Washington, D.C., where she works on visuals, audience and projects at The Atlantic. She also runs The Atlantic's Instagram page. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, NPR, The Oregonian, The Chicago Reporter, VICE and Outside. She has been recognized by the Illinois Press Photographers Association, was selected for the 2014 NYT portfolio review, and attended the Kalish Workshop for photo editing in 2016 as a Nikon Scholarship recipient. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the newsroom.






Erik Reyna

Erik Reyna is a software developer/journalist who works with The Washington Post to help improve tooling surrounding storytelling. He holds a Masters of Journalism in New Media from U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism as well as a Bachelors of Journalism with an emphasis in Photojournalism from The University of Texas at Austin.







Flora Peir

Flora grew up in Arlington, Texas, and joined The New York Times as an intern in 2003. She now manages news sections for print and helps put Page One together. She lives in Queens with her husband and three children.







Jennifer Sukhraj

Jennifer Sukhraj is no stranger to AAJA as she was part of the Atlanta chapter for three years. She is currently an assignment editor/producer for CNN creating content for CNN's affiliates. She has been working at CNN for nearly seven years. Like most journalists, she loves to travel and explore. She is currently working on her own project called #10before30solo. She is traveling to 10 countries all by herself before she turns the big 30 in July. So far, she has wandered through Italy and Spain, hiked up a glacier in Patagonia and skied in the Swiss Alps.






Jenny Ye

Jenny Ye is the Data Director of the WNYC Data News team. She works closely with reporters and editors on data-driven stories, from data analysis to reporting to presentation. She project manages the development of news visualizations and tools. She is a native New Yorker, and studied Computer Science and Ethnic Studies at Harvard College. She tweets @thepapaya.







Joanne Po is Managing Director at Fox News Digital. She manages a team of reporters, editors, video and multimedia journalists with a focus on editorial content development and digital strategy. Most recently, Joanne was The Wall Street Journal’s Executive Producer & Deputy Head of Video. Prior to WSJ, Joanne was part of the 2007 team that launched the Fox Business Network and was the senior producer of the network’s flagship program, “Cavuto.” Joanne's journalism career started at CNBC where she produced high-profile programs: “The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and “Business Center." She's a NY native and Boston College alumna.







Jonathan Choe

Jonathan Choe is a general assignment reporter for NBC 10 Boston and NECN. Prior to his arrival, Choe spent three years at KMSP-TV FOX 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. He also worked in Chicago as a general assignment reporter for Chicagoland Television (CLTV), the Tribune-owned 24 hour cable network. Choe is the first Korean male broadcaster on air in his hometown of Boston.







Kellie Hwang

Kellie is an entertainment reporter and multimedia journalist at The Arizona Republic. She currently covers Phoenix dining news and trends, and the cocktail and beer scenes. She is the go-to features reporter for major events including the Super Bowl, Country Thunder and Phoenix Comicon. During her 11-year career at the paper, Kellie has taken on many responsibilities including reviewing concerts, interviewing celebrities at red carpet parties, previewing prestigious art exhibitions and covering the Vegas-like nightlife scene in Scottsdale. Kellie is currently the president of the AAJA-Arizona chapter and is a 2006 Voices alumni.






Ravi Kapur

Award-winning journalist Ravi Kapur is the principal of Diya TV and Major Market Broadcasting, a media group that owns television stations and networks airing to more than 70 million people in a dozen markets around the nation. Ravi’s first venture in San Francisco became America's most diverse television station, winning its first-ever Emmy award in 2013 and nomination as Television Station of the Year in 2010. A frequent expert before the FCC and Congress, Ravi was a NAB Broadcast Leadership fellow, recipient of the UCC’s Donald H. McGannon Award and member of the MMTC Hall of Fame.





Lisa Ng

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lisa thought she had a unique upbringing with traditional Chinese immigrant parents at home and being the quiet kid in a predominately Black and Hispanic neighborhood in the 80s. Early on, she was exposed to many variations of human life; and as an ever-curious child, she observed and absorbed it all. She often felt like an old soul but lacked personal experiences. Today, she can say she has accumulated a plethora of experiences - the amazing, the monsoon(s), the unexpected - but her story is not over. There's still so much more.






Matt Stevens

Matt Stevens is a general-assignment reporter at The New York Times, where he covers breaking news and other interesting stories, while experimenting with how to tell them best. He was previously a Metro reporter at The Los Angeles Times, where he wrote about California's drought and the city's Westside, among other topics.







Natasha Chen

Natasha has always been a storyteller, but became a reporter by accident, discovering the power of video and voice to connect people with different life experiences. She is also an AAJA-Seattle former board member, singer, dancer, mentor, eating contest champion and Disney fanatic.







Shako Liu

Shako is a video journalist with NBC News Digital. She is a one-woman band producing, filming and editing digital videos. Her videos have garnered over 200 million views online, and her works have appeared on NowThis, OWN, MSNBC, the Atlantic, and KCRW.







Sharaf Mowjood

Sharaf Mowjood is a producer for the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor. Before joining the ranks at CBS he was senior producer for political video at the Huffington Post where he managed a team of 10 digital journalists. Prior to the Huffington Post Mowjood was a field producer at NBC News for 6 years and began his career at the company as News Associate. Mowjood's first published byline appeared on the front page of The New York Times in 2009 for breaking the story about a mosque being built two blocks north of Ground Zero.






Shelley Ng is a breaking and trending news editor for She previously worked for the Breaking News app, the New York Daily News and WPIX-TV, the CW’s flagship station in NYC, where she earned a NY Emmy Award nomination.








Talal Ansari

Talal Nadir Ansari is currently a reporter for BuzzFeed News in NYC, specializing in breaking news, hates crimes, and national security. He began his professional career as a disaster relief worker during the 2005 Kashmir earthquake with an organization he co-founded. After leaving the non-profit/development world, Talal went into journalism, and has worked at places such as Al Jazeera, the Los Angeles Daily News, The Indian Express, Investigative Reporting Program for a FRONTLINE Documentary, and The Nation magazine. He has degrees from Columbia University and the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.






Waliya Lari

Waliya is an award-winning and highly recognized television news producer and newsroom manager. Her accolades include Emmys, a Murrow and Associated Press awards. Most recently she was the executive producer at WRAL News, one of the most watched local news channels in the country. She's currently working with several national organizations to improve news coverage of minority communities, including serving as co-director of AAJA's Muslim American Task Force. A proud Texan and University of Texas at Austin alum, she lives in Raleigh with her husband.






Weijia Jiang

Weijia was born in Xiamen, China. She was raised in West Virginia, where she immigrated with her parents when she was two years old. She knew from a young age she wanted to pursue journalism, after winning a contest to help produce "ChannelOne News" in middle school. Weijia joined CBS Newspath in July 2015. She was integral in covering the 2016 presidential campaign, and now covers both The White House and Capitol Hill. Prior, Weijia worked at WCBS-TV, WJZ-TV, and WBOC-TV. Weijia has been honored with regional Emmy awards, Edward R. Murrow and an Associated Press award.