AAJA Announces 2018 Award Winners

   

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

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE

Written Journalism 

 

Vivian Ho

"A Life on the Line"

 

Television/Online

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Sari Aviv, Erin Moriarty, Carol RossRand Morrison

“Just Alike"

 

 

Radio/Audio

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Monica Eng, Katherine Nagasawa

“Who’s Your Chinaman?: The Origins Of An Offensive Piece Of Chicago Political Slang”

 

Multimedia

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Nathan Eagle, Alana Eagle, Patti EplerDavid ChatsuthiphanEvan Nagle

“The Last Wild Place”

 

 

 

Student Journalism

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Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Students

“Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction"

 

ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER ISSUES

 

 

Written Journalism

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Vauhini Vara

“Bee-Brained: Inside the Competitive Indian-American Spelling Community”

 

Television/Online

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David Ono

"Nick Ut"

 

 

 

 Radio/Audio

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Jessica Terrell, Anita Hofschneider, April Estrellon, Emily Dugdale

“Offshore Podcast: Confronting Faith”

 

 

Multimedia

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Katherine Nagasawa

"What Happened to Chicago’s Japanese Neighborhood?”

 

 

 

Student Journalism

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Wen-Yee Lee

“Japanese American Vet Witnessed U.S. Army Desegregation”

 

 

   

Membership Awards

 

 2018

 

Member of the Year

 

Kris Vera-Phillips 

Senior News Producer, KPBS News San Diego

AAJA-San Diego

 

Leezel Tanglao

Assistant Managing Editor, CNN Money

AAJA-New York

 

President of the Year

 

Ashley Dunn 

Metro Editor, The Los Angeles Times

AAJA-Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter of the Year

 

AAJA-Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mentor of the Year

 

Lori Aratani

Reporter, The Washington Post

AAJA-Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mentee of the Year

 

Sonah Lee

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

AAJA-New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELP Outstanding Leadership Award

Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, ABC News, Nightline

AAJA-New York

 

Josh du Lac

Editor, The Washington Post

AAJA-Washington D.C.

 

 

 

 PREVIOUS WINNERS 

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

2016 Asia

2015 Seattle

2014 New York

2013 Asia

2012 Asia

2011 Minnesota

2010 Sacramento

2009 New England

2008 Seattle

2007 Los Angeles

2006 Sacramento

2005 Seattle

2004 San Diego and Washington, D.C.

2003 Texas

2002 San Francisco Bay Area

2001 New York

2000 Atlanta

1999 New England

1998 Florida

1997 Minnesota

1996 Hawai’i

 

 

 


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

 

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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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For questions about the AAJA awards, please contact Daniel Garcia at danielg@aaja.org.