The 2019 AAJA National Journalism, Membership and Special Awards were announced on Saturday, August 3 at the 30th Annual Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet during this year’s national convention in Atlanta. Congratulations to this year's winners!
National Journalism Awards
"China Is Genetically Engineering Monkeys With Brain Disorders"
Sarah Burke, Sophie Kazis, Fran Tirado and the Broadly team
“Cleveland Barbershop Offers Free Blood Pressure Screenings"
Students in the Southwest Borderlands Initiative class at Arizona State University
“Puerto Rico: Restless and Resilient"
ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER ISSUES
“He survived Cambodia’s killing fields, only to be shot in West Philly by man with an AK-47”
Jessica Terrell, April Estrellon and Emily Dugdale
“The Blood Calls”
John Hill, Emily Dugdale, April Estrellon, Ku'u Kauanoe, Patti Epler and Jessica Terrell
"Black Market Babies”
“The culture of silence: Filipino women hesitate to say #MeToo when no one says me”
Member of the Year
President of the Year
Chapter of the Year
ELP Outstanding Leadership Award
Emma Carew Grovum
Member of the Year
2018 Kris Vera-Phillips and Leezel Tanglao
2017 Paul Cheung
2016 Shawn Nicole Wong
2015 Pamela Wu
2014 Bobby Calvan
2013 Richard Lui
2012 Julie Tam, Bobby Calvan, Jam Sardar
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
2018 Ashley Dunn (Los Angeles)
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
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon Chan, Vice President of Philanthropy, The New York Times
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.
Sharon Pian Chan is Vice President of Philanthopy at the New Yotk Times. Previously, she was the Vice Present of Innovation, Product & Development at The Seattle Times. She previously worked as a deputy managing editor, opinion editor and a digital producer. She spent most of her journalism career as a reporter, covering beats ranging from City Hall to Microsoft and interviewing everyone from Christina Aguilera to Steve Ballmer.
Chan is passionate about diversity in journalism and amplifying underrepresented voices and stories in the news. She has served as national president of the Asian American Journalists Association, as vice president for UNITY: Journalists for Diversity and Seattle chapter president for AAJA.
She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her Executive M.B.A. from MIT in 2017. She lives in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood with her husband Danny O’Neil, a radio host at 710 ESPN Seattle, and a wrinkly dog.
|2018 Yasutsune Hirashiki|
|2017 Nick Ut|
|2016 Lonnie Wong|
|2015 Ti-Hua Chang|
|2014 Not Awarded|
|2013 Yuen Ying Chan|
|2012 Curtiss Kim|
|2011 Nick Ut|
|2010 Annie Nakao|
|2009 Dinah Eng|
|2008 Dith Pran|
|2007 Sam Chu Lin|
|2006 Duong Phuc and Vu Thanh Thuy|
|2005 Lori Matsukawa|
|2004 Lloyd LaCuesta|
|2003 Tritia Totoya and William Hosokawa|
|2002 Not Awarded|
|2001 Yen Ngoc Do|
|2000 Larry Nakatsuka|
|1999 Henry Moritsugu|
|1998 Stanford Chen|
|1997 K. Connie Kang|
|1996 David Louie|
|1995 Dorothy Ing Russell|
|1994 Willie Kee|
|1993 Ken Kashiwahara|
|1992 Morgan Li Kung Jin|
|1991 Not Awarded|
|1990 William Woo|
|1989 James Omura|
2018 Leadership in Diversity
NBC Asian America
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.
NBC News Digital’s diversity verticals came into existence following the newsroom’s recognition that coverage of diverse communities deserves an elevated and deeper look at the stories that matter. NBC Asian America, NBC BLK, NBC Latino and NBC Out all cover their respective communities with original reporting, comprehensive analysis, and a diverse set of editors, reporters and contributors.
Since its creation in 2014, NBC Asian America is the country’s largest English-language national news resource dedicated to covering Asian American and Pacific Islander news, features, perspectives and more. With the launch of "NBC Asian America Presents..." in 2016, NBC Asian America has grown into a robust multimedia platform for the AAPI community by the AAPI community. Most recently, they launched a special series for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - #WriteOurStories, celebrating and highlighting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ contributions to American history.
Too often, history books had left out this community’s stories and contributions. NBC Asian America aims to collect and record those histories to highlight the ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders helped build and shape this country.
Recent stories included a four-part series on the Chinese transcontinental railroad workers who helped connect the country, a look at Asian American and Pacific Islander trailblazers in professional sports, how surfing evolved from a Polynesian pastime to an international and Olympic sport, how various groups are fighting to change school curricula and the whole of Wikipedia to include more of these stories and much more.
In the past three years, the NBC Asian America team has received more than 25 awards and honors and has become a go-to news source for the AAPI community and beyond.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR AWARD WINNERS!
For questions about the AAJA awards, please contact Daniel Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.