AAJA Announces 2018-2019 National Officer Candidates


Dear AAJA Members,

AAJA will be seeking a slate of new officers for the 2018-2019 term. Electronic voting will begin Wednesday, July 5 with the final results announced at the AAJA Gala Banquet on Saturday, July 29. Ballots will be sent to AAJA members who are eligible to vote in the election.

We will be electing a new Senior Vice President, Vice President of Journalism Programs, and Vice President of Communications/Secretary. The role of each officer is below:


1. Senior Vice President: This officer will oversee directors of platforms and affinity groups, to ensure direct representation of members. The senior vice president’s duties include identifying and pursuing opportunities for chapter development. The senior vice president serves as acting president in the event the president is unable to fulfill his or her duties.

2. Vice President, Journalism Programs: This vice president will be dedicated to fulfilling the following two tenets of AAJA’s mission, as well as making sure AAJA’s professional training and support stays ahead of industry changes.

  • To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.

  • To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.

3. Vice President of Communications/Secretary: This officer will keep minutes at board meetings, oversee elections, act as the main liaison with local chapters, draft policy changes, and oversee branding and marketing opportunities for the organization.


This year's election schedule: 

  • Wednesday, July 5 - Voting begins, 5pm PT
  • Friday, July 28 - Voter eligibility deadline, 11am PT
  • Friday, July 28 - Voting ends, 12pm ET
  • Saturday, July 29 - Announcement of Officers-Elect at Gala Banquet



AAJA National Officer Candidates


AAJA Senior Vice President Candidate: Michelle Ye Hee Lee

headshotUSE.jpgMichelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter at The Washington Post and writes for The Washington Post Face Checker, digging for the truth beyond political rhetoric. Her coverage focuses President Trump, Congress and other national political issues. Previously, Michelle was an investigative reporter at The Arizona Republic, covering public money, regulatory loopholes and state and local politics. For her investigation into Arizona's failures in tracking and monitoring homeless sex offenders, she was named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. She is senior vice president of AAJA and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

Excerpt from Michelle's candidate statement: 

"As the first person to serve as AAJA's senior vice president, I have worked this past year and a half to define this new position. [...] I joined AAJA as a college student 10 years ago, in 2007. I don't know who I would be as a journalist or a person with my AAJA family. We are bound by our passion for diversity in newsroom and news coverage. AAJA has helped me ever step of my career, and as senior vice president, I hope to continue helping AAJA grow."

Click here to view Michelle's complete candidate statement.


AAJA Vice President of Journalism Programs Candidate: Ramy Inocencio

download.jpgRamy Inocencio is AAJA's National Vice President of Journalism Programs and an award-winning, New York-based anchor and correspondent for Bloomberg Television, Radio and Podcast. On Bloomberg Television, he reports and anchors for the Asia-Pacific's weekday morning show Bloomberg Daybreak Asia, bridging the U.S. market close when Asia's market opens. On Blomberg Radio, Ramy has been the voice of First Word for New York, Boston and San Francisco during the U.S. trading day. He also launched and anchors two daily podcasts, Daybreak Asia and Daybreak Australia. A global journalist with 15 years of experience across the U.S. and Asia, Ramy has also worked for the Wall Street Journal, CNN International, CBS News, Channel NewsAsia in Singapore and CCTV International in Beijing. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Taiwanese classical pianist Hsin-I Huang, and their South Korean rescue dog, Cooper. This year, Ramy also proudly celebrates with AAJA his decade anniversary as a member.

Except from Ramy's candidate statement: 

"Six months. Harly time to make change. So after voting for me to serve you in last fall's special ballot, please rally again to re-elect me as your Journalism Programs VP for a full-two year term. [...] With our revamp of AAJA's mentor program, we search for a special council. With our new AAJA Student Scholarship program, we give our young talent the chance to be an AAJA member. [...] We did it then. Let's do it again. #togetherwerise"

Click here to view Ramy's complete candidate statement.


AAJA Vice President of Communications/Secretary Candidate: Nicole Dungca

head-shot-nicole.jpgNicole Dungca is an investigative reporter at The Boston Globe, where she previously covered transportation. A Bay Area native and Brown University graduate, she has also written for The Oregonian, The Times-Picayune and The Providence Journal. She has served as chapter president for AAJA-Portland, as national advisory board representative and as national secretary. 

Excerpt from Nicole's candidate statement: 

"When I ran for national secretary two years ago, I said something that still rings true: I wouldn't be where I am without AAJA. [...] AAJA helped give me the confidence to become the kind of leader who could help other journalists. That's partly why I'm so eager to give back to this organization. [...] As our newsrooms continue to change, I'm eager to help our members grow and take charge in an industry where representation-- in leadership, and in coverage -- will continue to be crucial for democracy."

Click here to view Nicole's complete candidate statement.



ELIGIBILITY: Only active and full AAJA members are eligible to nominate a candidate according to the by-laws. If you have any questions about your voting eligibility, please contact Justin Seiter at the AAJA National Office at justins@aaja.org.

ELECTION RESULTS: Election results will be announced during the AAJA Scholarship & Awards Gala Banquet on July 29, 2017 at the AAJA National Convention in Philadelphia.

For questions related to the election, please contact AAJA Treasurer Shawn Nicole Wong at shawnn.w@gmail.com



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