Saeed Ahmed (AAJA-Atlanta) was recently selected to be one of 25 journalists participating in the 2018 Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. Ahmed conceived, and now leads, the trending team at CNN Digital which produces stories and videos that rank among the top five social performers daily. He also created “5 Things,” CNN’s popular morning newsletter. Born in Bangladesh and raised in the Middle East, Saeed speaks Bengali, Urdu and Hindi; and can read and write Arabic. He has used his language skills to augment CNN’s on-the-scene reporting from South Asia on stories ranging from the Benazir Bhutto assassination to the garment factory disaster in Bangladesh. Outside of work, he enjoys running, cooking, playing in a rock band and drawing cartoons. Follow Saeed on Facebook, on LinkedIn and on Twitter at @saeed_ahmed.
Hannah Bae (AAJA-New York) has been selected for an Open City Neighborhoods Fellowship from the Asian American Writers' Workshop. The Neighborhoods Fellowship is a unique opportunity for emerging Asian American writers to publish narrative nonfiction on the Asian American communities of New York City over the span of six months. During her fellowship, Hannah plans to focus on Asian American academic achievement and controversy over proposed changes to admissions for New York City's specialized public high schools. Hannah currently serves as the president of AAJA-New York and is an independent journalist passionate about stories on Korean American identity and culture. She is currently at work on a memoir, and her recent publications include the essay “Survival Mode” in the anthology “(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation on Mental Health” as well as “The Monocle Travel Guide to Seoul." Follow Hannah on Twitter at @hanbae.
Corinne Chin (AAJA-Seattle) was recently selected to be one of 25 journalists participating in the 2018 Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. Corinne is a video editor for The Seattle Times and the founder of the newsroom’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. She is a graduate of the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and the ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute. Her 2016 body of work with Erika J. Schultz won second place in the Individual Portfolio category of the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism awards. Before joining The Seattle Times in 2014, Corinne was a freelance video journalist in Washington, D.C.; Nairobi, Kenya; São Paulo, Brazil; and beyond. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, winning a Midwest Emmy for her capstone documentary. Her work has also been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, Online News Association, Society for News Design, Society of Professional Journalists and more. She offers free coaching sessions for women in journalism through Digital Women Leaders and currently serves as chapter president of AAJA Seattle. Follow Corinne on Twitter at @CorinneChin.
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