AAJA Announces 2022 Executive Leadership Program Cohort

The Asian American Journalists Association is pleased to announce our 2022 U.S. Executive Leadership Program (ELP) cohort. After careful consideration, 20 mid-career journalists were selected to be part of this signature program. Over the course of the next few months, they’ll level up their management, leadership and professional development skills through hybrid learning, including in-person sessions at the #AAJA22 convention in Los Angeles. 

Our 2022 U.S. ELP co-directors are Paul Cheung, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity; Katie Nelson, media veteran and ELP alum (previously executive producer of ABC News Digital) and Cari Hernandez, Assistant News Director of WUSA9. Meet our cohort below:


Oni Advincula, Ethnic and Community Media Coordinator at The Center for Cooperative Media

Deblina Chakraborty, Section Editor, Features at CNN 

Jennifer Chang, Managing Editor at The Houston Chronicle

Angela Danji Chao, Managing Editor, Global News at Healthline Media / Red Ventures

Imtiyaz Delawala, Senior Producer at ABC News

Noelle Fujii-Oride, Writer and Engagement Editor at Hawaii Business Magazine

Tom Horgen, Senior Manager of Audience Strategy at The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sirui Hua, Director of Analytics at NowThis / Vox Media

Chris Ip, Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Carren Jao, Section Editor/Digital Producer at Public Media Group of Southern California

Yihyun Jeong, Assistant Metro Editor at The Seattle Times

Inyoung Kang, Washington Day Editor at The New York Times

Priya Krishnakumar, Data and Visuals Editor for Race, Inequality and Policing at CNN 

Jill Kunishima, Former VP of Development at Cityside Journalism Initiative

Qina Liu, News Producer at The Seattle Times

Irene Noguchi, Executive Producer, Opinion Audio at The New York Times

Mathias Joseph Paco, Video Content Producer at Lonely Planet

Linh Ta, Reporter at Axios 

Kathy Young, Video Journalist at The Associated Press



Siti Afifah Kamarudin, Deputy Chief Sub-Editor at Malaysiakini (Malaysia) 

Shakil Ahmed, Head of News at EKattor Media Ltd. (Bangladesh)

Jhoanna Lou Albano, Managing Editor at GMA News Online (Philippines)

Lauretta C. Charlton, Editor at The New York Times (South Korea)

Jolin Cheng, Director of Program Team at The News Lens (Taiwan)

Tanka Dhakal, Correspondent at Deshsanchar.com (Nepal)

Mimi Lau, Correspondent at South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Hatty Liu, Managing Editor at The World of Chinese (China)  

Jeyup S. Kwaak, Freelance reporter/producer/editor (South Korea) 

Ika Krismantari, Head of Editorial at The Conversation Indonesia (Indonesia) 

Fasiha Binte Mohd Nazren, Senior Writer at Mothership.sg (Singapore) 

Haruka Nuga, Senior Producer, Video Journalist at The Associated Press (Japan) 

Yunita Ong, Editor at LinkedIn News (Singapore)

Analisa Puod, Chief Digital Innovator at Ateneo (Philippines) 

Purnama Ayu Rizky, Managing Editor at Magdalene.co (Indonesia) 

Sandranathan Rubatheesan, Freelance Journalist at The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Linda Novi Trianita, Journalist (Editor) at Tempo magazine (Indonesia)


The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is our signature program that trains the next executive leaders in newsrooms. It is a challenging, practical and life-changing experience for professional journalists interested in advancing their career and developing the skills to achieve their professional and personal goals. It is not a business-as-usual program about how to become a better manager; it is a transformational experience program aimed at developing the next generation of diverse journalism leaders who can lead in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism. 

The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of a media workplace, how to lead in the changing landscape and how cultural values come into play. Experienced career coaches and senior news executives lead participants as they explore a variety of topics in a small, nurturing environment. Learn more about ELP here. If you reside in Asia, please go here to learn more about the Asia ELP program and 2022 cohort. Applications for both ELP programs are closed.


AAJA’s programs and initiatives are central to our efforts to educate, connect and support our members. Through early education, mentorship, professional development and visibility we promote greater inclusion and opportunity for our community. With strong alumni activity, our industry standard setting programs forge life-long relationships and our initiatives highlight the best of the best.

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