The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA-LA 2011 Chapter board!

Hello La Chapter!!

Here are your candidates for the 2011 AAJA-LA Chapter board!!

Are you a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of AAJA?  Then make sure you vote!

This year we only had one person run for each officer position.  Vote your support for — or against — the candidates listed below.  There are an unlimited number of board member seats available.  Final votes must be cast by Saturday, October 30th. Please email all votes to:  Happy Voting!!

Subha Ravindhran
AAJA-LA board member
Reporter, KABC-TV

KY TRANG HO, Business Investors Daily —  Trang Ho covers exchange traded and mutual funds for Investor’s Business Daily, where she’s worked since 2005. Before the newspaper, she worked at a public radio station in Southern California as a reporter and producer. She has also worked as a newscast producer in Palm Springs. She has a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley and an MA in Communications and Journalism from The Ohio State University, where she was a fellow in the Kiplinger Public Affairs Journalism Program.
DAVID ONO, Vice President – Broadcast David Ono mans the anchor desk twice a day on ABC7. Ono first joined the “Eyewitness News” team in 1996. Through the years, you’ve also seen David host the popular magazine show “Eye on LA.” He also co-anchored “Eyewitness News This Morning.” Ono has won eight Emmy awards and 19 nominations. His career has included stops in Sacramento at KOVR-TV, El Paso at KDBC-TV, Midland/Odessa at KOSA-TV and Dallas at KXAS-TV. Ono grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of North Texas. He has served the Los Angeles chapter as a longtime Vice President and board member, and as the Emcee of the annual “Trivia Bowl.”
BRYAN CHU, Vice president – Online Bryan Chu is a reporter for who covers the Los Angeles Lakers. His career has included stops at the San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union. He has also freelanced for ESPN the Magazine and The Associated Press. A sports reporter by trade, Chu has also been a cops and courts reporter. During his career, Chu has won numerous national and local awards for his work as a sports and criminal reporter. Most recently, he was recognized by AAJA at the 2009 Boston Convention for his news coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander in “Counted Out,” a piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle. Chu graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He worked at the UCLA Daily Bruin all four years as a sports reporter and earned a scholarship from AAJA-LA and a spot in the Sports Journalism Institute where he interned at the Denver Post. He also interned at the Torrance Daily Breeze. Chu was also the Vice President for the AAJA Texas before moving back to Los Angeles

RICHARD CHANG, Vice-president Print Richard Chang is an arts and entertainment writer for The Orange County Register, where he has worked since February 2000. He specializes in visual art and museums, but has also written about television, movies, film festivals, the performing arts and Southern California media. He also does art news and reviews for the national magazine ARTnews.

Richard has worked at a few different newspapers, including The Santa Fe New Mexican, The Bakersfield Californian and The Albuquerque Journal. He has freelanced for a number of other publications, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, A. Magazine, Tribal College Journal and Asian Week.

Richard teaches an arts and entertainment journalism and writing workshop at UCLA. The course is designed for students who wish to write about A&E for The Daily Bruin. He has taught courses in journalism and writing at California State University, Fullerton and Los Angeles Valley College.  His experience in radio includes stints at KQED in San Francisco, KALX in Berkeley, KUCI in Irvine and

Richard graduated from Brown University with honors in English and American Literature and received a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. Richard hopes to expand AAJA-LA’s reach to journalism professionals and students in Orange County.

Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is an avid writer who embraced blogging at its onset.  She contributes her web expertise in Information Architecture, User Experience (UX), and Social Media to  Known online– and offline– for her personal blog, she is a Co-Editor of the popular Asian American collaborative blog  She is also a long-time contributor, flagship site of the Metblogs network, a massive local journalism and media project that began in 2003.

Professionally, Joz is a Strategy Consultant at speakTECH, an interactive design and technology firm which works on technologies in delivering business solutions to industries such as Media & Entertainment,  High-Tech/Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Healthcare, State & Local Government and Educational Institutions.  Her clients include Disney/ABC Television Networks, NBC-Universal, DTS Digital Entertainment, Numonyx, PepsiCo, The Estée Lauder Companies, City of Hope, and the Municipality of Anchorage.

A Southern California native, Joz’s prior professional experience includes Marketing Project Manager at The Nielsen Company, Marketing Manager at Nelson Davis Television Productions (KTLA-TV), and Manager of National Accounts at CBS/Westwood One Radio Networks.  Joz received her MBA from Pepperdine University and her BA from UCLA.

SHAWN WONG, Treasurer Shawn Nicole Wong is an urban planning consultant based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. She has previously written for Venice Magazine and interned for ABC News 20/20 and Primetime.

Board of Directors

RACHEL CALDERON Rachel Calderon has been an AAJA member since 1997 when she was a student at USC.  Calderon helped launch the Michigan chapter in 2002 and served as its chapter president for two terms.

Calderon said AAJA has helped her tremendously throughout her career and she would once again like to give back.  The broadcast journalist would particularly like to focus on bringing more programs and assistance to mid-career and veteran journalists who may be struggling during this difficult job market.

aajala_buckleyFRANK BUCKLEY Frank Buckley is co-anchor of the KTLA Morning Show. Previously, he was a National Correspondent with CNN based in Los Angeles. He has also worked as a reporter at KCAL-TV, KESQ-TV in Palm Springs and as a weekend anchor at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, NC. Buckley is the recipient of numerous awards including the Emmy and the Golden Mike. Buckley is a graduate of USC. His internships while at USC included CBS Network News, news writing at KNX and reporting for the Detroit News and the Los Angeles Times. Buckley, whose mother is Japanese, was a recipient of an AAJA scholarship.
Phil Ige Phil Ige is a videographer at KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles. His favorite mantra about his job: “Without us, it’s radio.” He takes a lot of pride in being a TV Photojournalist. He got his first experience covering news when he was 19 years old: While covering a story for his college TV news station, he came across a breaking news story involving bank robbers, cops with guns drawn, and the suspect eventually giving up. He got everything on tape, and after that experience, he hasn’t looked back. Phil has worked at ABC (KERO) in Bakersfield, at the ABC affiliate in Santa Barbara, Norfolk, VA, at the NBC and WB affiliates in San Diego, and now he’s back home in L.A at KTLA.
Machiko Yasuda After a summer internship at The Washington Post, Machiko Yasuda is back in southern California with The Ventura County Star. She will be a digital content producer for one year as a part of the Scripps Multimedia Fellowship. In 2010, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in comparative literature and was one of 30 students chosen to be a Poynter College Journalism fellow. Also a member of the Online News Association, she’s interested in the intersection of technology and local journalism. Reach her at @machikoyasuda.
Suzanne Joe Kai Suzanne Kai was among the first Asian American female news broadcasters to “break the glass ceiling” in San Francisco. She was a TV news reporter, documentary producer, and public affairs show host for KRON-TV (when it was NBC-SF), and also worked as a journalist on-camera for KTVU-TV Oakland, and KGO-TV (ABC-SF). She is currently producing two documentaries. Suzanne is the founder of StudioLA.TV, a production company which produces news & entertainment programming for wireless, online and television outlets. Suzanne is a member & 2007- 2010 judge with the Emmys Interactive Peer Group in Hollywood. She is the publisher and co-founder of AsianConnections. com. Suzanne earned a Masters degree in Communication from Stanford University.
John Sakata is a recent graduate in journalism and political science from California State University, Fullerton.  His freelance work has appeared in Parenting OC, the Voice of OC, the Nguoi Viet, the Laguna Beach Independent, and several other news organizations.

For the Los Angeles Chapter, Sakata has served as website moderator, membership coordinator, and, most recently, as the volunteer coordinator at the AAJA National Convention.

Sakata has a special interest in storytelling, news packaging, and journalism narrative.

Grace Lim Grace Lim is an Associate Producer at CBS2/KCAL9 NewsCentral. She has been involved in AAJA since college. In 2003, she joined the LA Chapter, where she served as Secretary. She also served as a student coordinator, putting together informational panels and discussions for students interested in journalism. She is also currently the social chair, organizing networking events for journalists in the LA area.