Gene Kang (AAJA-Los Angeles) is thrilled to live his dream as a TV reporter for NBC4 Los Angeles/KNBC-TV. He previously worked for CBS News 8 in San Diego and received a 2015 Emmy award for breaking news coverage of the Cocos wildfires and an Associated Press Award for Best Reporter. Gene began his broadcast journalism career at WMAQ-TV in Chicago as an assignment editor and field producer. Moving from behind the camera to his first on-air job, he landed an anchor/reporter job at KFDA-TV in Amarillo, Texas and at WSJV-TV in South Bend, Indiana. He previously served on the boards of AAJA-San Diego and AAJA-Chicago as marketing director and VP of Broadcast. When he's not reporting, Gene is an active volunteer with Soka Gakkai International-USA and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He happily married his husband in Chicago in June 2014. Follow Gene on Twitter at @GeneNBCLA.
Michelle Ye Hee Lee (AAJA-Washington, D.C.) will be joining the political enterprise and investigations team at The Washington Post where she will focus on the role of money in politics. Previously, she was a reporter for The Post's Fact Checker where she created The Post's weekly Fact Checker newsletter and expanded fact checking to Snapchat. Prior to The Post, Michelle was a government accountability reporter at The Arizona Republic, covering state agencies and Maricopa County. She was a 2012 Livingston Awards finalist and first runner-up for the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Guam, Michelle graduated from Emory University. She currently serves as senior vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association. Follow Michelle on Twitter at @myhlee.
Harry Mok (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) recently began a new position as a lecturer at the San Francisco State University Journalism Department. He will be teaching opinion writing in fall 2017 and will teach editing and newswriting next year. Harry also works as a copy editor at The San Francisco Chronicle and has held editing and online producing jobs at the Bay Area News Group and Newsday and previously was the editor-in-chief of Hyphen Magazine, a magazine covering Asian American stories and identity. He currently serves on the AAJA Media Watch Committee. Follow Harry on Twitter at @HarryMok.
Beena Raghavendran (AAJA-Minnesota) was recently named as a CNN Diversity Fellow at the Online News Association's 2017 conference for recognition on social and mobile reporting in her work. She currently works as an education reporter for The Minneapolis Star Tribune and manages a Facebook page for her reporting where she posts online social content she creates— including videos, presentations and other visual ways to break down education-related concepts. When she's not on deadline for a school's story in Minneapolis, she leads AAJA's Minnesota chapter as chapter president. Beena is also a 2015 graduate of VOICES. Follow Beena on Twitter at @thebeenster and Beena's reporting on Facebook here.
Yifan Wu (AAJA-New England) recently began a new position as an assignment editor for ESPN International/China Tencent Partnership Team, where she supports content production for Tencent. Previously, she was a contributor to ESPN Esports and covered the growing collegiate varsity scene. Yifan is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the Ohio State University. This is Yifan’s first year as an AAJA member, and her journey to ESPN's offices in Bristol, CT started at the 2017 convention at Philadelphia. For lukewarm takes on Star Wars, the NBA and video games, follow Yifan on Twitter at @yifanwu901.
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