About AAJA Features Forum
AAJA Features Forum aims to create a platform for features, arts, entertainment and lifestyles journalists where they can share ideas as well as support and inspire each other. We want to foster creative storytelling and innovation across multiple platforms with programming and services that can help our members stay at the forefront of the industry.
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Director Mariecar Mendoza
Mariecar is the senior digital arts editor for entertainment and engagement at the San Francisco Chronicle where she oversees daily arts and entertainment coverage for Datebook and datebook.sfchronicle.com.
Prior to The Chronicle, Mariecar was a features digital editor for the Los Angeles News Group where she specialized in music, food and festival coverage for the region. She has also worked as a multimedia news reporter for several publications throughout California.
Mariecar is a proud alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholar program, AAJA VOICES 2006 and ELP 2017. She has also served as an AAJA-Los Angeles chapter board member for three years, with her last two terms as vice president of print.
Co-Director Kellie Hwang
Kellie is a seasoned entertainment reporter and multimedia journalist at The Arizona Republic. She currently covers Phoenix dining news and trends, and the burgeoning cocktail and beer scenes. She is the go-to features reporter for major events including the Super Bowl, Country Thunder and Phoenix Comicon. Over her career at The Republic, Kellie has taken on many responsibilities in Features including reviewing concerts, interviewing celebrities at red carpet parties, previewing prestigious art exhibitions and covering the Vegas-like nightlife scene in Scottsdale. Kellie is currently the president of the AAJA-Arizona chapter and is a 2006 VOICES alumni. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Washington.