AAJA VOICES Announces 2022 Students and Editors

After a competitive application process, AAJA is proud to announce the students and mentors selected to participate in the 2022 VOICES program. This year’s cohort will create long-form journalistic projects virtually with the guidance of the VOICES program leads and mentors, culminating with an in-person presentation at the #AAJA22 Convention. We cannot wait to see the stories these young journalists will explore, as they learn to use their voices to tell stories that only they can tell. 

As previously announced, our co-directors leading the program for the second year are Maya Srikrishnan of the Center for Public Integrity and Farnoush Amiri of the Associated Press and our 2022 deputy directors are Isaac Easley of Arizona State University and Anh Gray of KUNR Public Radio in Nevada. Without further ado, here is the 2022 VOICES cohort: 


Vivenne Aguilar, California State University – Monterey Bay 

Brammh Balarajan, Emory University

Phyllis Cha, Indiana University

Lucia Cheng, Grinnell College

Jireh Deng, California State University, Long Beach

Lynn Krista Mae Lazaro, University of Nevada, Reno 

Cynthia Liu, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 

Yiwen Lu, University of Chicago

Shaanth Nanguneri, University of California, Los Angeles

Long Nguyen, Georgetown University

Melanie Nguyen, California State University – Fullerton

Bahar Ostadan, Columbia Journalism School

Serena Puang, Yale College   

Omar Rashad, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Shanivi Srikonda, Harvard College

Megan Tagami, University of California, Los Angeles 

Michael Tamsuriyamit, Hunter College

Meimei Xu, Harvard College

Irene Zhang, University of Oxford

Samson Zhang, Pomona College

Alexis Waiss, Arizona State University


Tiffany CamhiOregon Public Broadcasting 

Andi Dukleth, NBC7, Telemundo News

Isaac Easley (Deputy Director), Arizona State University

Anh Gray (Deputy Director), KUNR Public Radio

Joe Hong, CalMatters

Irena Hwang, ProPublica

Rosa KimCBS News’ Washington

Rong-Gong (Ron) Lin, Los Angeles Times

Annie Ma, The Associated Press

Rahuldev Mukherjee, Hearst

Naina Rao, Freelance

Mallika Sen, The Associated Press 

Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times

Nicholas Wu, POLITICO 


Now in its 32nd year, VOICES is a student fellowship program that equips student journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually evolving media landscape. The program aims to help journalists understand how audiences engage with them, how communities view the work they produce, and how they can understand the impact their work has. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, VOICES gives fellows the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and grow their own. Learn more here, and see past student work on the VOICES website.

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