The 2018 AAJA National Journalism, Membership and Special Awards were announced on Saturday, August 11 at the 29th Annual Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet during this year’s national convention in Houston. Congratulations to this year's winners!
National Journalism Awards
"A Life on the Line"
Sari Aviv, Erin Moriarty, Carol Ross, Rand Morrison
Monica Eng, Katherine Nagasawa
“Who’s Your Chinaman?: The Origins Of An Offensive Piece Of Chicago Political Slang”
Nathan Eagle, Alana Eagle, Patti Epler, David Chatsuthiphan, Evan Nagle
“The Last Wild Place”
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Students
“Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction"
ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER ISSUES
“Bee-Brained: Inside the Competitive Indian-American Spelling Community”
Jessica Terrell, Anita Hofschneider, April Estrellon, Emily Dugdale
“Offshore Podcast: Confronting Faith”
"What Happened to Chicago’s Japanese Neighborhood?”
“Japanese American Vet Witnessed U.S. Army Desegregation”
Member of the Year
Senior News Producer, KPBS News San Diego
Assistant Managing Editor, CNN Money
President of the Year
Metro Editor, The Los Angeles Times
Chapter of the Year
Mentor of the Year
Reporter, The Washington Post
Mentee of the Year
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
ELP Outstanding Leadership Award
Co-Anchor, ABC News, Nightline
Josh du Lac
Editor, The Washington Post
Member of the Year
2017 Paul Cheung
2016 Shawn Nicole Wong
2015 Pamela Wu
2014 Bobby Calvan
2013 Richard Lui
2012 Julie Tam (Texas), Bobby Calvan (Washington, D.C.), Jam Sardar (Michigan)
2011 Frank Witsil
2010 Lisa Chung and Craig Gima
2009 Cynthia Wang
2008 Paul Cheung and Ivette Yee
2007 George Kiriyama
2006 Neal Justin
2005 Randall Yip
2004 Keith Kamisugi
2003 Pradnya Joshi
2002 Sandy Louey
2001 Amy Wang
2000 Anthony Ramirez
1999 Aki Soga
1998 Michael and Alix Quan
1997 Dalton Tanonaka
1996 Kimberly Moy
President of the Year
2017 Liberty Zabala (San Diego)
2016 Anjana Schroeder (Michigan)
2015 Mai Hoang (Seattle)
2014 Ramy Inocencio (Asia)
2013 Sandy Louey (Sacramento) and Jocelyn "Joz" Wang (Los Angeles)
2012 Julie Shaw (Philadelphia)
2011 Sanjay Bhatt (Seattle)
2010 Ryan O. Kim (San Francisco/Bay Area)
2009 Vino Wong (Atlanta)
2008 Victoria Lim (Florida)
2007 Lorene Yue (Chicago)
2006 Henry Fuhrmann and Rachanee Srisavasdi (Los Angeles)
2005 Murali Balaji (Philadelphia)
2004 Ted Shen, posthumously (Chicago)
2003 Anh Do (Los Angeles)
2002 Cheryl Tan (Washington, D.C.)
2001 Denise L. Poon (Los Angeles)
2000 Lee Ann Kim (San Diego)
1999 Mi Young Hwang (Chicago)
1998 Bonnie Lee (San Francisco Bay Area)
1997 Nancy Yoshihara (Los Angeles)
1996 Esther Wu (Texas)
Chapter of the Year
2017 San Diego
2014 New York
2009 New England
2007 Los Angeles
2004 San Diego and Washington, D.C.
2002 San Francisco Bay Area
2001 New York
1999 New England
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
Yasutsune Hirashiki, Retired Cameraman, ABC News
This award honors an Asian American or Pacific Islander who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life’s work.
Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki was born in Naha, Japan in 1938 as the first son of Yasuhiko and Yoshiko Hirashiki. After graduating from high school in Osaka in 1956, he joined Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) as a copy boy in the newsroom and worked his way up to become a television news cameraman.
In 1966, he moved to Vietnam to join the ABC News Saigon bureau and covered the war until its end in 1975. After completing coverage of the fall of Saigon, he transferred to Bonn, Germany where he continued to cover war and tragedy in the Middle East and Europe. Hirashiki moved to the U.S. in 1989 to join the ABC News office in New York as a cameraman, where he covered high-profile news events, political campaigns and 9/11. He worked there until 2006, where he retired after 40 years with ABC News.
Throughout his years behind the camera, Hirashiki met and worked with hundreds of correspondents, reporters, crews and producers and always wanted to tell their side of the story. In his retirement, he finally took to writing and published “I Wanted to Be Robert Capa” in Japan in 2008. The book was met with critical acclaim and awarded the prestigious Ooya Souichi Non-Fiction Award. He then went on to publish two more books about the Vietnam War. In 2017, he published his first book in English, "On The Frontlines of the Television War" with help of his editor, Terry Irving.
Hirashiki was given the nickname of “Tony” by his first correspondent Roger Peterson on the battlefields of Vietnam. He credits this with saving his life multiple times and can still vividly remember his colleagues shouting, “Keep your head down, Tony!”
In the summer of 1993, along with his wife and two children, Hirashiki became an American citizen.
2018 Leadership in Diversity
Randall Yip, Senior Producer, ABC7/KGO-TV
This award honors an individual or corporation that has made strides in promoting and demonstrating diversity in the news media industry. The Leadership in Diversity Award winner is selected by the AAJA National Board.
Randall Yip is a senior producer at ABC7/KGO-TV and a longtime member of AAJA’s San Francisco chapter. Yip has been a veteran AAJA leader and champion of mentoring and has shaped the foundation of what is now the Mentor Match program. Yip took the notion of being a mentor and helped formalize it into a nationwide program in matching scores of mentors and mentees.
Yip’s “even-keeled temperament” and his commitment to inspiring journalists were both cited in his nomination. He has championed the role of mentorship for decades, which has laid a framework for AAJA’s member programs. Yip is a former national officer of AAJA and a past recipient of the AAJA Mentor of the Year and has inspired dozens of other mentor leaders. His efforts have helped develop today’s generation of journalists who are now driven to take up the task of moving forward others by becoming mentors themselves.
Yip’s nomination for this award came from seven testimonials of active AAJA leaders and members, and more have expressed encouragement for their support of the nomination. The testimonials described his generous time, kindness and encouragement to other journalists. Yip has helped make diversity stronger in journalism through his devotion to AAJA’s mission and is worthy of this year’s “Leadership in Diversity Award.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR AWARD WINNERS!
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