2017 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

2017 President: Ashley Dunn
Ashley Dunn is page one editor for the Los Angeles Times. In nearly three decades at the Times, his positions have included metro editor, deputy national editor and science editor.
2017 Vice President of Programming: Thomas Lauder
Thomas Suh Lauder is a Senior Data Journalist at the Los Angeles Times, working with data, words, maps and code for both online and print.
2017 Vice President of Community Engagement: Annie Yu
Annie is an engagement editor at the Los Angeles Times. She’s a California native who did stints in Washington, D.C., Phoenix and NYC before happily returning to Los Angeles. She’s a fan of coffee, travel and good oatmeal stouts. Reach her on Twitter @anniezyu .
2017 Vice President of Career Development: Cindy Chang
Cindy Chang covers the LAPD for the Los Angeles Times. She started her career at the Pasadena Star-News, then moved to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where her beats included city government, schools and special projects. She was the lead writer for a series on the Louisiana prison system.
2016-2017 Secretary: Elizabeth Chou
Elizabeth Chou reports on Los Angeles city government for the Los Angeles Daily News, and before that, City News Service. She also covered several East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley area cities for Eastern Group Publications.
2017-2018 Treasurer: Melissa Leu
Melissa Leu is a digital editor at the Los Angeles Times. She used to work on the digital team at ABC7 and as a reporter at the Arizona Republic.
FrankMugNoGlasses2016-2017 National Advisory Board Representative: Frank Shyong
Frank Shyong is a reporter at the LA Times and a graduate of UCLA and an alumnus of the Voices convention news project.
LOS ANGELES, CA-MARCH 25, 2015: Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Stevens2016-2017 National Advisory Board Representative: Matt Stevens
Staff writer, Los Angeles Times
Former AAJA-LA Board member, 2012 – 2014

gita_amar2016-2017 Board Member: Gita Amar – Gita Amar has been a producer for Fox News Channel, a producer for NPR’s Tavis Smiley Show and a producer at KTTV’s Good Day LA. Gita runs her own media consulting firm working with Fortune 500 Clients on various public relations campaigns. She was named AAJA Board Member of the Year in 2005-2006. Gita holds a master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

2017-2018 Board Member: Mariko Lochridge
Multimedia journalist based between Los Angeles, California and Tokyo, Japan covering general news and tech. Tweets about Star Trek and boxing.
2017 Board Member: Sophie Bao Tran
Reporter at Little Saigon TV
[APPOINTED] Student Representative: Nuran Alteir
Nuran Alteir is a full-time student pursuing a higher degree in the sciences. She is also a freelance journalist for KPCC: Southern California Public Radio and Los Angeles Times Community News. 

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2016 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

NaomiHayase2016 President: Naomi Hayase
Naomi Hayase is a Japanese-language newspaper editorial researcher. She is going into her 10th year at the Nikkei newspaper’s L.A. bureau, covering local and international news.
2016 Vice President of Broadcast: David Ono
David Ono anchors ABC7 twice a day. As part of the “Eyewitness News” team, he 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 the University of North Texas.
2016 Vice President of Print: Cindy Chang
Cindy Chang covers the LAPD for the Los Angeles Times. She started her career at the Pasadena Star-News, then moved to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where her beats included city government, schools and special projects. She was the lead writer for a series on the Louisiana prison system.
2016-2017 Secretary: Elizabeth Chou
Elizabeth Chou reports on Los Angeles city government for the Los Angeles Daily News, and before that, City News Service. She also covered several East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley area cities for Eastern Group Publications.
2015-2016 Treasurers: Melissah Yang
Melissah Yang is an Associate News Editor at Bustle. She was previously with the Los Angeles Business Journal, CNN Entertainment, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She was an AAJA-LA scholarship recipient and a 2014 Voices participant. Melissah is a music festival traveler, bleeds Dodger blue, and hopes to one day be Carole Radziwill living in Heather Dubrow’s house.
2016-2017 National Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (Large Chapter): Matt Stevens
Staff writer, Los Angeles Times. Former AAJA-LA Board member, 2012 – 2014
2016-2017 Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (At Large): Frank Shyong
Frank Shyong is a reporter at the LA Times and a graduate of UCLA and an alumnus of the Voices convention news project.

Directors

2016 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.

2016 Board Member: Sophie Tran
Sophie Bao Tran is a community leader based in Orange County. Recently she was recognized in OC Weekly’s People of 2015 Issue as the “Queen of Little Saigon” for her work with the media, businesses, organizations and charity groups. Currently Ms. Tran works at Little Saigon Television Network as a producer, TV show host and public relations executive. She serves as a Parks, Recreations, and Art Programs commissioner for the City of Garden Grove and hosts various community events.

2016-2017 Board Member: Gita Amar
Gita Amar has been a producer for Fox News Channel, a producer for NPR’s Tavis Smiley Show and a producer at KTTV’s Good Day LA. Gita runs her own media consulting firm working with Fortune 500 Clients on various public relations campaigns. She was a AAJA Board Member in 2005-2006. Gita holds a master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

2016 Board Member: Shawn Nicole WongShawnNicoleWong
Shawn Nicole Wong is an urban consultant who specializes in media and economic development. Beginning in 2015, she will serve as the AAJA National Treasurer and will continue to serve the Los Angeles Chapter as the Director of Finance/Sponsorships for the V3 Digital Media Conference. From 2010-2014, Shawn served as the Treasurer of the L.A. Chapter.

2016-2017 Board Member: Melissa Leu
Melissa Leu is a digital editor at the Los Angeles Times. She used to work on the digital team at ABC7 and as a reporter at the Arizona Republic.

[APPOINTED] 2016 Student Representative: Heidi Carreon
Heidi Carreon is studying print & digital journalism & political science at the University of Southern California. She is a digital reporter for the USC Annenberg Media Center & is the Student Engagement Director for the Student Voice Project. Heidi was a two-time finalist in the 57th SoCal Journalism Awards.
[APPOINTED] 2016 Student Representative: Timmy Truong
Timmy Truong is the former managing editor of the University Times, Cal State L.A.’s student paper, an award-winning student photographer, and a VOICES alumnus.
2015-2016 Board Member: Anh Do
Anh Do covers multicultural communities 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, Seattle Times and the Orange County Register.

2015-2016 Board Member: Suzanne Joe Kai
Suzanne Joe Kai is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. At age 22, Kai began her career as an on-camera staff broadcast journalist in San Francisco (KRON-TV NBC). She earned an MA in Communication (Documentary/Film/TV) at Stanford. She’s directing a documentary “LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.”

2015-2016 Board Member: Hassan Shah
Hassan Shah is a recent graduate in Multimedia Journalism from Metro State University of Denver where he was the Advisory Board Representative of AAJA-Denver. Soon after graduating, Shah moved to Los Angeles where he got involved with V3Con and volunteered for AAJA’s Trivia Bowl. He now resides in Los Angeles.

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2015 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

NaomiHayase2015 President: Naomi Hayase
Naomi Hayase is a Japanese-language newspaper editorial researcher. She is going into her tenth year at the Nikkei newspaper’s L.A. bureau, covering local and international news.
2015 Vice President of Broadcast: David Ono
David Ono anchors ABC7 twice a day. As part of the “Eyewitness News” team, he 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 the University of North Texas.
2015 Vice President of Print: Mariecar MendozaMendozaMariecar-150x150
Mariecar Mendoza is a features digital editor for the Los Angeles News Group. Before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, she worked as a multimedia reporter for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs for nearly 6 years. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2006 when she was a student for the annual convention project, Voices. She continues to give back to Voices as a professional mentor. Mariecar currently serves as an elected board member for AAJA-LA.
2015 Secretary: Connie K Hoconnieho_official
Connie K. Ho is a writer, web producer and social media manager whose work has appeared in media outlets such as KCET, The Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL Patch.com, among others. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. You can find her on Twitter: @conniekho
2015-2016 Co-Treasurers: Henry Fuhrmann and Melissah YangHenry Fuhrmann-MelissahYang
Henry Fuhrmann is an assistant managing editor for the Los Angeles Times and head of the newsroom’s standards and practices committee. He was previously the co-president of AAJA-LA. Melissah Yang reports on technology and startups for the Los Angeles Business Journal. A 2014 Voices participant, she was previously on AAJA-LA’s board as a student representative.
2014-2015 National Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (Large Chapter): Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
JozWangAside from serving as AAJA-LA’s 2012 President and being recognized as Chapter President of the Year, Joz has served 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/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
2014-2015 Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (At Large):
Denise L. Poon

V3 Digital Media Conference - Opening Awards ReceptionDenise 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. She is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, 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. @cr8tivestream

Directors

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
JenniferQuongJennifer 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 Honda’s Assistant Manager of Communications. She was a broadcaster for KJZZ, Taiwan’s ICRT and KNX.
2015 Board Member: Kyle KimKyleKim-150x-150
Kyle Kim works for the Los Angeles Times data and graphics department. He previously was a news and social media deputy editor for the Boston-based GlobalPost.
2015 Board Member: Shawn Nicole WongShawnNicoleWong
Shawn Nicole Wong is an urban consultant who specializes in media and economic development. Beginning in 2015, she will serve as the AAJA National Treasurer and will continue to serve the Los Angeles Chapter as the Director of Finance/Sponsorships for the V3 Digital Media Conference. From 2010-2014, Shawn served as the Treasurer of the L.A. Chapter.
2015-2016 Board Member: Anh DoAnhDo
Anh Do covers multicultural communities 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, Seattle Times and the Orange County Register.
2015-2016 Board Member: Suzanne Joe KaiSuzanneJoeKai-150x150
Suzanne Joe Kai is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. At age 22, Kai began her career as an on-camera staff broadcast journalist in San Francisco (KRON-TV NBC). She earned an MA in Communication (Documentary/Film/TV) at Stanford. She’s directing a documentary “LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.”
2015-2016 Board Member: Hassan ShahHassanShah
Hassan Shah is a recent graduate in Multimedia Journalism from Metro State University of Denver where he was the Advisory Board Representative of AAJA-Denver. He experienced his first Spring board meeting in Washington D.C. and fell in love with the community and AAJA’s mission. Soon after graduating, Shah moved to Los Angeles where he got involved with V3Con and volunteered for AAJA’s Trivia Bowl. He now resides in Los Angeles. While he continues to look for great media opportunities, he currently works for E! News as a Production Assistant.
[APPOINTED] Student Representative: Kristen TaketaKristenTaketaHeadshot
Kristen Taketa is the managing editor for the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper. She has interned in business reporting at the Orange County Register and feature writing at the Santa Monica Daily Press. In the past she has also worked as an assistant news editor for the Daily Bruin, specializing in coverage of the University of California system and higher education.

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2014 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

HenryFuhrmann-NaomiHayase2014 Co-Presidents:
Henry Fuhrmann and Naomi Hayase
Henry Fuhrmann is an assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, overseeing the copy desks and standards. He previously served The Times as an editor on the metro, foreign, features, business and web desks. Henry is a current co-president and a past AAJA chapter president of the year.Naomi Hayase is a Japanese-language newspaper editorial researcher. She is going into her ninth year at the Nikkei newspaper’s L.A. bureau. Having served her first term on the AAJA-LA board as secretary in 2013, she hopes to continue to learn and contribute to the organization.
2014 Vice President of Broadcast: David OnoDavid 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
2014 Vice President of Print: Mariecar MendozaMariecar Mendoza is a Features Digital Editor for the Los Angeles News Group. Before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, she worked as a multimedia reporter for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs for nearly 6 years. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2006 when she was a student for the annual convention project, Voices. She continues to give back to Voices as a professional mentor. Mariecar currently serves as an elected board member for AAJA-LA.
2014-2015 Secretary: Connie K Ho
connieho_officialConnie K. Ho is a writer, web producer and social media manager whose work has appeared in media outlets such as KCET, The Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL Patch.com, among others. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. You can find her on Twitter: @conniekho
2013-2014 Treasurer: Shawn WongShawnNicoleWongShawn Nicole Wong is an independent film 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.
2014-2015 National Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (Large Chapter):
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
JozWangAside from serving as AAJA-LA’s 2012 President and being recognized as Chapter President of the Year, Joz has served 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/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
2014-2015 Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (At Large):
Denise L. Poon
V3 Digital Media Conference - Opening Awards ReceptionDenise 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. She is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, 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. @cr8tivestream

Directors

2013-2014 Board Member: Frank BuckleyFrank 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 DadorDenise 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 DoAnh 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 KaiSuzanne Joe Kai is directing and producing a feature documentary LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres. www.LikeARollingStoneMovie.com Suzanne was among the first Asian American female news broadcasters in San Francisco as reporter, documentary producer, and public affairs program host for KRON TV (NBC). Suzanne also worked at KCBS News (CBS), KTVU TV (COX), KGUN TV (ABC), and launched StudioLA.TV, which produces news/entertainment programming for wireless, online, and television. She is the publisher/co-founder of entertainment and lifestyle online portal, AsianConnections.com.
2014-2015 Board Member: Susan HirasunaSusan 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 QuongJenniferQuongJennifer 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 StevensMatt 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 CraneJenniferCraneEver 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 YangMelissahYangMelissah 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.

2013 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS 

2013 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 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.
540364_10101476890142123_1919421182_n2013-2014 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.
2012-2013 National Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (Medium Chapter):
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

Directors

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 matt.stevens@latimes.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.
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.

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2012 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

JOCELYN “JOZ” WANG, President and National Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (Medium Chapter)
Joz is an avid writer who embraced blogging at its onset.  Known online– and offline– for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com, she is a Co-Editor of the popular Asian American collaborative blog 8Asians.com.  She is also a long-time contributor blogging.la, flagship site of the Metblogs network, a massive local journalism and media project that began in 2003. In late 2011, she acquired the entire Metroblogging.com network from its founders and now runs the entire international network—consisting of over 50 sites worldwide— as its Publisher and CEO. Professionally, she is currently part of the Creative Team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online, working to deliver a world-class online experience to Disney Guests.  Prior to this, she was a Senior Strategy Consultant at speakTECH (now Perficient), an interactive design and technology firm, designing business solutions for clients such as Disney/ABC Television Networks, NBC-Universal, DTS Digital Entertainment, PepsiCo, The Estée Lauder Companies, City of Hope, and the Municipality of Anchorage.  She contributes her web expertise in Information Architecture, User Experience (UX), and Social Media to UsabilityCounts.com. 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. 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. (@jozjozjoz)
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.”
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 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 hopes to expand AAJA-LA’s reach to journalism professionals and students in Orange County.
SHRADDHA SWAROOP, Vice President – Online Media 
Shraddha Swaroop is an award-winning freelance graphic designer in print design, illustration and web design projects.Her online expertise includes information architecture, user experience and social media. Along with web and mobile design, her projects have included social media coaching for individual local clients and managing a Twitter and Facebook profiles for an international client with an worldwide audience.Being in the  print news industry for more than 12 years, she has worked for Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and The Virginian-Pilot among others. She is currently working to create a print newspaper for an online-only news gathering organization called The Gateway Reporter.She is on the boards of two journalism organizations, works as an art director mentoring broadcast, print and multimedia journalism students in the AAJA Voices program and has lectured extensively on design, collaboration and editing throughout the nation. For more on her experience, projects and awards see web.mac.com/shraddhaswaroop/portfolio/home.html
SUZANNE JOE KAI, Secretary
Suzanne Joe 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.
SHAWN WONG, Treasurer 
Shawn Nicole Wong is an independent film 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.

Directors

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.
KIM BUI
Kim Bui is the social media and community editor for Southern California Public Radio (89.3 KPCC).She has worked for online and traditional news operations as an editor, reporter and web producer including The Loop 21, San Luis Obispo Tribune and the Kansas City Star.She is also a co-creator of the weekly Twitter web journalism chat, #wjchat.
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 he late father. Do attended USC majoring in journalism and English literature. After graduation, she worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Seattle Times before writing for the Orange County Register, including a column on Asian affairs. Her reporting has taken her to England, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, India, Cuba and Mexico. Her work has been honored by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the Asian American Journalists Association, the DART award for excellence in reporting on victims of violence and Freedom Newspapers’ Sweepstakes Award. At USC, she has taught news writing and news reporting, with a stint as managing editor of Spot.Us, an online community-powered reporting project funded by the Knight Foundation in partnership with the School of Journalism.
HENRY FUHRMANN
Henry Fuhrmann is assistant managing editor for the copy desks, the library and standards at the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 1990, Henry has served as an editor in the metro, foreign, features and business departments. He was the first chief of the morning copy desk, which he helped establish in 2007 to serve latimes.com. He started his current assignment in March 2009. Henry previously worked at Newsday, where he was a member of the first class of copy editors in Times Mirror’s Minority Editorial Training Program.Before entering the news business, he studied engineering at Caltech and UCLA and worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Henry holds two degrees in journalism: a bachelor’s from Cal State L.A. and a master’s from Columbia. He was born in Japan and grew up in Ventura County, about an hour’s drive up the coast from Los Angeles.He is a longtime leader of AAJA-LA, having served as chapter president, treasurer, secretary, board member and advisor. (@hfurhmann)
KY TRANG HO
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.
GRACE LIM
Grace Lim is an Associate Producer at CBS2/KCAL9 News. She got her start as an apprentice at CBS2/KCAL9 where she trained in Producing, News Writing, Promo Producing, Web Producing, Editing, and on the Assignment Desk. From there, she worked her way up in the duopoly, working as a News Writer and Satellite Coordinator. She has served the AAJA-Los Angeles chapter as Co-President, Secretary and Board Member. Grace graduated with a double major in English and Communications from the University of California, Davis. Her internships while at UC Davis included KCRA and KOVR. (@gracelimnews)
DENISE L. POON
Denise L. Poon is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, a CUCP-certified DBE/MBE/WBE and SLB for the City of Los Angeles.Her career spans more than 15 years of broad-based communication with content creation for broadcast networks ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS and private clients  in various formats- breaking news, feature and long format, including DATELINE NBC, and America’s Most Wanted.  With AAJA, she is best known for many years of leadership for Trivia Bowl, the Chapter’s signature “fun-raising” event.
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 matt.stevens@latimes.com. (@MattStevensLAT)
LIBERTY ZABALA
Liberty Zabala is an anchor and multimedia journalist at Valley View News, which broadcasts on Ch. 36 LA Sundays at 3:30pm. She worked as a general assignment reporter at Channel 3 News, a cable access station in Garden Grove, CA.  She is a senior at California State University, Northridge majoring in journalism with a collateral in political science.  Born and raised in Eagle Rock, CA to LA Herald Examiner reporter Laurencio V. Zabala Jr., she grew up hanging out with her dad in the newsroom. In high school, she began writing for her campus paper quickly becoming managing editor. She has held several broadcast internships including Fox News Channel, Fox Sports Net, KABC and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. She has written for multiple publications including the L.A. Youth, Saturday Night Magazine and University Link Magazine. She has conducted high profile interviews from actress Alexa Vega to world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao to 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. She serves as the president of the CSUN chapter of Radio Television Digital News Association. She also serves as a board director of the LA Chapter of Asian American Journalists Association.  She covered the 2011 AAJA Detroit National Convention as a Voices reporter/anchor. Liberty was recently selected as a Meredith Cronkite fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism reporting for KPHO (CBS 5) in Phoenix, Arizona. Her goal is to become an international correspondent. (@LibertyZabala)
SONALI KOHLI, Student Representative
Sonali Kohli 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.

 

Asian American Journalists Association. Los Angeles Chapter. Established 1981.