Thank you to all the candidates who expressed an interest in joining the AAJA Los Angeles Chapter Board. Thanks also to our members who participated by casting their votes to move our chapter toward an exciting 2014.
It’s thrilling to see such support for AAJA-LA. We hope to capture that energy in 2014 whether you work with us as a leader or a valued member of our chapter. We invite you to participate more fully with our chapter’s trailblazing programming including student scholarships and internships, professional fellowships and stipends, Media Access training, the V3 Digital Media Conference, and our signature “fun-raiser” Trivia Bowl.
Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 board members!
2014 Co-Presidents: Henry Fuhrmann and Naomi Hayase
2014 VP of Broadcast: David Ono
2014 VP of Print: Mariecar Mendoza
2014 Board Members: Denise L. Poon, Matt Stevens
2014-2015 Board Members: Susan Hirasuna, Jennifer Quong
2014-2015 National Advisory Board Representative: Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
[Appointed] 2014 Student Representatives: Jennifer Crane and Melissah Yang
They will serve with incumbent board members whose two-year terms will continue until the end of 2014:
2013-2014 Treasurer: Shawn Wong
2013-2014 Board Members: Frank Buckley, Denise Dador, Anh Do, Suzanne Joe Kai
–AAJA-LA Election Commissioners
Anh Do, Co-President 2013
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, National Advisory Board Representative 2012-2013
2014 AAJA Los Angeles Board
Board of Directors
|2013-2014 Board Member: Frank Buckley
Frank Buckley is co-anchor of the KTLA Morning News. He currently serves on the board of AAJA-LA and is co-chair of the scholarship committee.
|2013-2014 Board Member: Denise Dador
Denise Dador is the Eyewitness News Health specialist. Her Healthy Living segment is seen every day on ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 5pm. She provides additional stories about health issues for other Eyewitness News broadcasts as well as anchoring ABC7 Health specials.
|2013-2014 Board Member: Anh Do
Anh Do covers multicultural communities & issues at the Los Angeles Times. A second-generation journalist, she served as vice president of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language publication in the US, founded by her late father. She has worked at the Dallas Morning News, the Seattle Times and the Orange County Register. You can find her on Twitter at @newsterrier.
|2013-2014 Board Member: Suzanne Joe Kai
Suzanne Joe Kai was among the first Asian American female news broadcasters in San Francisco as reporter, documentary producer, and public affairs show host for KRON-TV. Suzanne started StudioLA.TV, which produces news/entertainment programming for wireless, online, television and Publisher/Co-founder of AsianConnections. com. She’s currently producing two documentaries.
|2014 Board Member: Denise L. Poon
Denise L. Poon is a former AAJA-LA chapter president, 2001 chapter president of the year and currently serves on the Board. Her contributions and service include mentoring new journalists, leadership of the V3con Digital Media conference and what she is probably best known for, Trivia Bowl, the chapter’s signature event.
|2014-2015 Board Member: Susan Hirasuna
Susan Hirasuna is an award winning broadcast journalist and former AAJA-LA board member. At KTTV FOX 11, she heads the weekend version of Studio 11 LA. Last year, she traveled to Japan as a fellow with Foreign Press Center to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami area. Susan has also carved out a reputation as the resident foodie.
|2014-2015 Board Member: Jennifer Quong
Jennifer Quong is an AAJA member since 1986 and served on the AAJA-LA Board as Secretary and 1993 Convention Chair. She is a producer for Talk Story Media, which created “The Manzanar Fishing Club.” Jennifer also is Toyota’s Communications Strategist. She was a broadcaster for KJZZ , Taiwan’s ICRT and KNX.
|2014 Board Member: Matt Stevens
Matt Stevens is a Metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times, covering the Westside and breaking news. Matt was previously a part of the newspaper’s Metpro program and also interned at the Times and the Orange County Register in Sports. As a student at UCLA, he published more than 200 stories for the Daily Bruin including a series reported from abroad on the development of basketball in Africa.
|[Appointed] 2014 Student Representative: Jennifer Crane
Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to become a journalist. I grew up in a small town where olives are part of a regular diet. Today, I am an editor and radio host for UCLA’s Daily Bruin. I am passionate about journalism and still enjoy eating olives.
|[Appointed] 2014 Student Representative: Melissah Yang
Melissah Yang is the Senior News Editor for Neon Tommy and a graduate journalism student at USC Annenberg. She has interned with CNN Entertainment and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She received a B.A. in English from UCLA in 2011 and will graduate with a M.A. in Journalism in May 2014.