Meet the VOICES Class of 2015


VOICES is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 at the 25th annual AAJA National Convention in San Francisco, CA August 12 – 15. For more than two decades, VOICES has had a long track record of placing alumni and mentors in jobs with national and international media, including the Dallas Morning News, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post.

This year, students will also have an opportunity to engage in premium training opportunities from journalism professionals, as well as experience a convention program in the city of AAJA’s national headquarters.

VOICES is a valuable leadership and mentoring program that aims to increase diversity in journalism by providing job-ready candidates for hiring media employers. Through the week-long news operation held at the AAJA convention, VOICES provides key learning opportunities for aspiring young journalists through mentorship with media professionals.

Students are able to participate in the program free of charge, thanks to the support of our sponsors. If you or your company would like to contribute, please visit AAJA’s PayPal site and designate “VOICES” in your contribution under “add special instructions”  or contact Ruth Liao at for sponsorship opportunities.



AAJA is excited to welcome the following participants to VOICES 2015:


Jennifer Crane, Junior, University of California, Los Angeles


Parminder Deo, Recent Graduate, Southern Methodist University



Angelie Meehan, Senior, Arizona State University



Michelle Toh, Senior, University of Southern California

Beena Raghavendran, Senior, University of Maryland


Kevin Truong, Junior, University of California, Los Angeles


Aneri Pattani, Northeastern University



Timmy Truong, Junior, California State University, Los Angeles


Merinda Valley, Senior, Michigan State University



Raji Ramanathan, Recent Graduate, University of California, Berkeley 



Yanan Wang, Recent Graduate, Yale University





Adam Causey, Assistant City Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Michael Grant, Designer & Developer, The San Francisco Chronicle

Ko Im, Freelance Reporter

Conner Jay, Photographer, The Press Democrat

Ruth Liao, Editor, LNG Americas, ICIS and VOICES Director

Ray Ruiz, Director, EGMN

Maya Sugarman, Photo/Video Journalist, KPCC

Andrew Tran, Data Producer, The Boston Globe

Jessie Tseng, Interaction Designer, The Washington Post



Featured image courtesy of AP Images.