What's it like being AAJA President?
Join AAJA National President Yvonne Leow and former AAJA Presidents Paul Cheung, Doris Truong and Sharon Pian Chan for the first-ever AAJA Presidents Hangout on Wednesday, February 7 from 5-6pm PT.
This August at the national convention in Houston, AAJA members will be electing a new national President for 2019-2020. What are the challenges, benefits and lessons learned for leading a 1,500 member-driven organization?
Send your questions to Yvonne Leow at YvonneL@aaja.org and tune in to the YouTube video above on Wednesday, February 7 from 5-6pm PT to learn more.
Yvonne Leow is the national president of the Asian American Journalists Association and co-founder of By The Bay. She was formerly an editorial project manager at Sequoia Capital, a senior Snapchat editor at Vox.com and a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University from 2014-2015. She previously worked at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, the Associated Press and The Seattle Times. Yvonne is based in San Francisco.
Paul Cheung is the Director of Visual Journalism at NBC News. He has 20 years of experience at the forefront of digital transformation— pioneering VR360, automation, data journalism and visual strategies and digital training initiatives. Paul leads cross-functional teams of journalists, technologists, data scientists, video editors and designers, working at media outlets including the Associated Press, The Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal. He served two terms as national president of the Asian American Journalists Association from 2013 to 2016 and currently serves on the board of the American Society of News Editors. He was a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership graduate at Columbia University.
Doris Truong is the weekend homepage editor at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2003. She is a former national president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and past vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. Under Doris’s leadership, AAJA updated the “Handbook for Covering Asian America” in 2012. She was awarded the 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award from Wayne State University and received the American Copy Editors Society’s Robinson Prize in 2013. She is on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, is a member of AAJA's MediaWatch committee and is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Doris makes frequent presentations on journalism diversity issues. Find her at doristruong.com and on Twitter at @doristruong.
Sharon Pian Chan is Vice President of Innovation, Product and Development at The Seattle Times. She leads the work of creating profitable products and data insights that support independent, public-service journalism. She has raised $1.5 million from corporations, philanthropic foundations and nonprofits to support journalism initiatives at The Times. Sharon was previously a deputy managing editor, associate opinion editor, digital producer and reporter, covering beats ranging from city hall to Microsoft. She served as the Asian American Journalists Association's national president from 2009 to 2010 and as a board member of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity from 2011 to 2012.