Announcing AAJA’s 2024 U.S. Executive Leadership Program Cohort

The Asian American Journalists Association is excited to introduce the 2024 U.S. Executive Leadership Program (ELP) cohort. This year, 15 leaders will meet over the course of several months in a combination of online and in-person training sessions to improve their managerial and leadership skills. The final session will take place at the #AAJA24 convention in Austin, Texas.

Our 2024 U.S. ELP co-leads are Ashley Alvarado, Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC + LAist); Sharon Chan, Deputy for the Culture & Careers team at The New York Times; Paul Cheung, Strategic Advisor for Hacks/Hackers and Will Schick, Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Asian American Journalists Association.


Moriah Balingit, Early Education Reporter at the Associated Press

Alexandria Chhith, Features Reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kimberly Chin, Reporter at Axios

Derek Crocker, Vice President, College Sports at FOX Sports

Ana Sofia Knauf, Assistant Features Editor at The Seattle Times

Catherine Kobayashi, Anchor/Reporter at NHK World

Ariana Gharib Lee, Producer at NPR

Andrew Leung, former Assistant Managing Editor at Business Insider

Vivian Faye Leung, Senior Producer at FOX News

Fiona Ng, Weekend Editor at LAist

Giang Nguyen, Digital News Director at WTOP

Marcio J. Sanchez, California Photo Editor at the Associated Press

Nina Sen, Director, News Standards – Race, Class, Gender at NBC News

Anjali Singhvi, Senior Staff Editor, Spatial Investigations at The New York Times

Priyanka Vora, Director, Audience at Axios


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.


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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