|2013 Acting Co-President, 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 Acting Co-President, 2013 Vice President of Print: Henry Fuhrmann
Henry is an assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he oversees the copy desks and leads the editorial standards and practices committee. Since 1990 he has served all over the newsroom, working as an editor on the Metro, Foreign, Calendar, Business and Web desks. He is a numbers nerd as well as a word nerd, having studied engineering at Caltech and UCLA before entering the news business. Henry holds two degrees in journalism: a B.A. from Cal State Los Angeles and an M.S. from Columbia University. He is a former AAJA-LA president and longtime chapter officer. In addition to his service to AAJA, Henry is active in the American Copy Editors Society.
|2013 Vice President of Broadcast: David Ono
David Ono anchors ABC7 twice a day. As part of the “Eyewitness News” team, he has has won eight Emmy awards and 19 nominations. Prior career stops include Sacramento/KOVR-TV, El Paso/KDBC-TV, and Dallas/KXAS-TV. David grew up in Texas and graduated from University of North Texas.
|2013 Vice President of Online Media: Jennifer de la Fuente
Jenn de la Fuente runs her own web design and development company, Rosebud Designs, specializing in WordPress builds. She also serves as the Managing Director of the V3 Digital Media Conference. Previously, she was a sports copy editor and a web producer at the Sacramento Bee, and also trained and supervised high school interns in the sports department there. She also spent close to 10 years in sports journalism as a reporter, copy editor and page designer, with stints at The Orange County Register, The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) and The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.). Jenn is a native of Guam and a graduate of the University of Southern California.
|2013 Secretary: Naomi Hayase
Naomi Hayase has been an editorial researcher for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei newspaper) in their Los Angeles Bureau since 2006. Having grown up in Tokyo, she enjoys being able to report on US matters to a Japanese audience.
|2013-2014 Treasurer: Shawn Wong
Shawn Nicole Wong is an independent film and media producer 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 POP! Montreal Music Festival and has interned for ABC News 20/20 and Primetime.
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|2013 Board Member: Kim Bui
P. Kim Bui is the associate editor for social media and outreach for Southern California Public Radio. She manages KPCC’s social media and engagement on and off the Web. She also develops outreach efforts for KPCC’s content and technology partners. She’s worked at major newspapers and news start-ups. Co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists, Bui was named one of Poynter’s 35 influential people in social media in 2010.
|2013 Board Member: Richard Chang
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, music, film festivals, the performing arts and Southern California media. He also does art 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 teaches an arts and entertainment journalism and writing workshop at UCLA. The course is designed for students who wish to write for the A&E section of The Daily Bruin. He has also taught feature writing at California State University, Fullerton. His experience in radio includes stints at KQED in San Francisco, KALX in Berkeley, KUCI in Irvine and radioinvasion.com. Richard graduated from Brown University with honors in English and American Literature and received a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. Richard is former Vice President of Print for AAJA-LA, and also a former national advisory board representative. He hopes to expand AAJA-LA’s reach to journalism professionals and students in Orange County and the Inland Empire.
|2013 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. This 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.
|2013 Board Member: Mariecar Mendoza
Mariecar Mendoza is a general assignment multimedia reporter at the Los Angeles Daily News. Before that, she worked for nearly 6 years at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2001.
|2013 Board Member: Denise L. Poon
Denise L. Poon is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, (@Cr8tiveStream), a Media Communication company. Her career spans more than 15 years of broad-based communication for broadcast networks ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS and private clients. She produces pieces in various formats- breaking news, feature and magazine, including content for CBS This Morning, DATELINE NBC and America’s Most Wanted. With AAJA, she is best known for many years of event leadership, sponsorship and fundraising development for Trivia Bowl, the Chapter’s signature “fun-raising” event and the innovative, V3 Digital Media Conference.
|2013 Board Member: Matt Stevens
Matt Stevens is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, currently covering the Westside. Matt is a graduate of The Times METPRO training program, during which he covered education, breaking news and business. He came to the Times as an intern in Sports, and also interned in Sports at the Orange County Register. He spent eight years in scholastic journalism including four years at UCLA’s Daily Bruin. With the aid of the Bridget O’Brien Scholarship, he and a partner reported on the exploitive machinery behind international basketball recruiting during a 31-day trip to Yaoundé, Cameroon. The team’s work won several awards, and Matt was later named 2011 Reporter of the Year by the Associated Collegiate Press. Email story ideas to Matt at email@example.com. (@MattStevensLAT)
|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: 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.
|2012-2013 National Advisory Board Representative: Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
Aside from serving as AAJA-LA’s 2012 President, Joz also serves on the AAJA National Advisory Board and National Governing Board for the 2012-2013 term. Joz is also the Founder and Executive Director of the V3 Digital Media Conference, and was the recipient of the first “V3 Voice Award.”
Joz is known online– and offline– for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com. She is the Editor-in-chief and CEO of the popular Asian American blog 8Asians.com. She is also a long-time contributor to blogging.la, flagship site of the Metroblogging network, for which she is now Publisher and CEO of. She was recently part of the Creative Team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online. You can find her on Twitter: @jozjozjoz
|2013 Student Representative: Sonali Kohli
Sonali is a fourth-year English student at UCLA and a senior staff reporter on the Daily Bruin. She’s been an AAJA member since 2010, has received an AAJA-LA scholarship and has served as AAJA-LA Student Representative since August 2012.