About AAJA Small Market Broadcast Journalists

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The AAJA Small Market Broadcast Journalists (AASMBJ) is a group for small market and entry level broadcast journalists in the Asian American Journalists Association. The group provides networking opportunities and an online support system for AAJA members who are working at small market television stations or at midsize and large market stations as entry-level production assistants and desk assistants.

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Leadership Information


Co-Director Stephen Jiwanmall

Stephen is a multi-media journalist, investigator and fill-in anchor at WTXL, the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee, Florida. In April 2017, Stephen earned a Florida Associated Press Broadcasters award for an in-depth report on youth homelessness. He earned his M.S. in broadcast journalism from Columbia Journalism School and his bachelor's degree from La Salle University. He is the vice president of AAJA's Florida chapter and was part of the 2013 VOICES program.



Co-Director Diane Thao

Diane is a multimedia journalist at KRNV News 4 in Reno, Nevada. To be a voice for the voiceless has fueled her passion for journalism. She holds bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University. She is a graduate of the 2014 VOICES program.