Board of Directors

AAJA is led by its national Board of Directors with the counsel of its Advisory Board.

The 11-member board is composed of AAJA’s six national officers plus five members elected from the Advisory Board.

The board ensures AAJA is fulfilling its mission, meeting the needs of its members and operating legally, effectively, and efficiently.


Michelle Lee
Tokyo/Seoul Bureau Chief, 
The Washington Post

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Senior Vice President, Incoming president

Nicole Dungca
Investigative Reporter,
The Washington Post

Frank Bi, 2022-2023 (Incoming)
Director of Tools and Technology, The Star Tribune

Vice President of Journalism Programs

Kris Vera-Phillips
Adjunct Professor & PhD Student, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Vice President Of Civic Engagement

Julia B. Chan, 2021-2022
Editor-in-Chief, The 19th News

Marian C. Liu, 2023-2024 (Incoming)
Projects Editor, The Washington Post

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Vice President of Finance

Jin Ding
Chief of Staff, The Center for Public Integrity

Shirley Qiu
Vice President of Communications

Shirley Qiu
News Analytics Editor, The Washington Post

Small/Medium Chapter Representative

Julia M. Chan
Writer/Producer-Special Projects, CNN

Anika Varty
Small/Medium Chapter Representative

Anika Varty
Assistant Metro Editor, Seattle Times

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Large Chapter Representative

Moriah Balingit
National Education Reporter, The Washington Post

At-Large Chapter Representative

Benjamin Pu
Producer for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,
NBC News

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At-Large Chapter Representative

Aric Johnson
Graduate Programs Recruiter, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board is comprised of Chapter Board Representatives who are elected by their local members.

The Advisory Board advises the Board of Directors to ensure chapter interests are represented.


Aric Johnson
Graduate Programs Recruiter, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Oanh Ha
Senior Reporter, Bloomberg


Willoughby Mariano
Reporter, Investigative Team
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Ariel Cheung
Food Editor, The Chicago Tribune


Moni Basu
Professor, University of Florida College
of Journalism and Communications


Wes Nakama
Assistant Director of Information, Hawai’i High School Athletic Association

Los Angeles

Samantha Masunaga
Business Reporter, The Los Angeles Times


Dorothy Hernandez
Writer, City of Detroit


Nancy Yang
Digital Producer, Minnesota Public Radio

New England

Daigo Fujiwara
Newsroom Web Developer, WBUR

New York

Ambreen Ali
Sustainability Editor, Fortune


Kristine Villanueva
Project Editor, Resolve Philly, Equally Informed


Peter Wong
Regional Reporter, The Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group


Chris Nguyen
Correspondent, CNN

San Diego

David Jones
Producer, KFMB Stations

Justine Saldana

San Francisco

Cecilia Lei
Fifth & Mission Podcast Host/Producer, San Francisco Chronicle


Anika Varty
Assistant Metro Editor, Seattle Times


Lauren Hardie