Meet the New Governing Board Members for 2017 Term


Julia B. Chan, digital editor at Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting, and Sameer Rao, culture reporter at Colorlines, have been elected to serve on the AAJA Governing Board. Chan and Rao are replacing Lauren Hardie, previous at-large chapter representative and Joy Lim Nakrin, previous small- and medium-chapter representative, respectively, to serve the remaining 2017 term on the governing board.


Julia B. Chan, At-Large Chapter Representative 

juliabchan.pngJulia B. Chan is a multiplatform journalist, project manager and digital strategist. She’s currently the digital editor at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting where she develops and oversees projects that shape how stories are published across platforms. Her job combines traditional reporting and editing with technology, web and audio production. She also serves as the AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area chapter president and advisory board representative.

Excerpt from Chan’s candidate statement: “I’m running for the Governing Board because I’m committed to supporting AAPI journalists and AAJA. Barely a month into 2017 – and only 10 days into the new presidency – the Governing Board had to step up and articulate a response to Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration. It was the kind of decision that made me proud to be an AAJA member and the opportunity to help shape our voice as a community is what excites me most about getting involved.”

Follow her on Twitter @JuliaChanB.






Sameer Rao, Small/Medium Chapter Representative 

Sameer-Rao.jpegSameer Rao is a reporter and blogger for Colorlines, focusing on culture news. As a freelance writer, Sameer’s work has appeared in Stereogum, VICE’s Noisey, Under the Radar, Splitsider, Philadelphia City Paper, WXPN’s The Key, PhillyVoice, the Public School Notebook and Independent Restaurateur. His writing primarily focuses on music, comedy, theatre, film, social entrepreneurship, race, media, gender, critical theory, pop culture and where all of those things intersect. Rao is a graduate of Haverford College and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Excerpt from Rao’s candidate statement: “I first attended an AAJA board meeting at the 2015 national convention, my first, in place of another chapter member. Even though I attended only as a proxy, Paul Cheung and other AAJA leaders immediately made me feel like I had something to contribute. Now, with the conference coming to Philadelphia this year, I cannot imagine a better opportunity to positively impact AAJA’s future than to serve on the governing board.”

Follow him on Twitter @AManCalledSrao.



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