We narrow our press freedom focus from Asia to Hong Kong with this panel of leading local journalists and activists
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Angie Lau is a multi-award winning journalist who anchors Bloomberg Asia’s flagship program First Up, a fast-paced two hour show that sets the agenda ahead of the trading day throughout Asia.
She has interviewed Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments, legendary designer Sir Paul Smith, and Mickey Drexler, J.Crew Chairman & CEO among others.
With more than 16 years’ experience, Angie came to Hong Kong from Bloomberg’s Chicago bureau where she covered markets and business stories from the Chicago Board of Trade. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was the consumer reporter and anchor for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. While at WEWS-TV she won the Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award for In-Depth and Investigative Reporting.
Angie is a Correspondent Governor at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong. She is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and was the co-director of AAJA J-Camp, which teaches journalism to scholarship students.
Born in Hong Kong, Angie received her degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
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Sharon Pian Chan is associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times. She runs the guest columns section, also known as op-eds, and leads engagement efforts for Education Lab, a Seattle Times project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sharon served as AAJA’s national president from 2009 to 2010.
Sharon previously worked as senior digital news producer for The Seattle Times, leading a team of home-page producers and helping launch the company’s HTML5 apps for smartphones and tablets. She spent 12 years as a reporter, covering Seattle’s most important institutions, including Microsoft, city hall and the University of Washington.
Her parents are originally from Hong Kong and she speaks Cantonese and some Mandarin. She has traveled all over Asia and spent a college semester studying in Nepal. Follow her on Twitter @sharonpianchan and find out more about her at sharonpianchan.com.
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Ramy Inocencio is AAJA-Asia’s Chapter President and Multimedia Reporter, Host and Producer for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network in Hong Kong. Here he produces the weekly consumer tech show Digits, seen globally on wsj.com and locally on the Hong Kong Airport Express.
Prior to this, Ramy worked as a CNN International correspondent in Hong Kong and as CNN’s NASDAQ reporter in New York. Over the past decade, he has also anchored or reported for CBS News, Marketplace Radio, Channel NewsAsia and CCTV International.
In his down time, Ramy is still on the move – traveling Asia looking for good food, visiting old friends and searching for the best karaoke joints.
For the latest on tech, travel, tasty food photos – and of course AAJA – follow him on Twitter: @ramyinocencio.
Paul Cheung is AP’s Director of Interactives and Digital News Production. The director manages a global team of visual journalists who produce multimedia and information graphics for all formats, including print, online and mobile. Cheung is also the national president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Cheung was an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Journalism School teaching visual journalism in the spring of 2011 and 2012.
Prior to joining the AP, Cheung was The Miami Herald’s Deputy Multimedia Presentation Editor. In 2009, he managed MiamiHerald.com site redesign in 2009 and was responsible for the conceptualization, creative direction and visual look of MiamiHerald.com. He was The Miami Herald’s graphics editor from 2004 to mid-2007.
Prior to joining the Miami Herald, Cheung was a Senior Graphics Editor at The Wall Street Journal.
Cheung, a 2007 Newspaper Association of America Breakthrough fellow, graduated from New York University where he studied journalism, sociology, science and photography.
Nigel Collett studied history at St Peter’s College, Oxford and biography at the University of Buckingham. He served for twenty years in the British Army and commanded 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles. He is Managing Director of the Gurkha International Group, which finds employment for Nepalese men and women, principally as crew onboard cruise liners. He published a Grammar,Phrase Book and Vocabulary of Baluchi in 1984 and 1986 (for which he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society) and co-authored A Nepali-English-Nepali Dictionary in 1994. He is the author of The Butcher of Amritsar, a life of Brigadier Dyer, the perpetrator of the Amritsar massacre, published in 2005 and Firelight of a Different Colour, a biography of the Hong Kong mega-star Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, published by Signal 8 in Hong Kong in 2013. He co-founded the Tongzhi Literary Group in 2008 and continues to coordinate its quarterly programme of Hong Kong LGBT literature readings. He has been English Secretary of the Pink Alliance (Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting) in Hong Kong since 2008. He has written for GMag and Fridae.asia since 2006 and became an occasional op-ed writer for China Daily’s Hong Kong edition in 2013. He reviews for the Asian Review of Books.
Asha is the Asia Editor for Storyful social media newswire and Social Media & Communications Director for Dragon Industries Asia.
Asha helps businesses across Asia extend their marketing and branding from traditional channels to the social media world by offering social media content management, policy and guideline writing and training. Dragon Industries Asia works with businesses across a range of industries including Marine, Mining and Infrastructure, NGOs, Tertiary education.
Asha regularly speaks at industry events and conducts lectures and training for students, marketing & communications specialists and executive management on social media.
Asha started out in broadcast journalism and has worked at ABC Australia, CNN and other global broadcast news networks as reporter and Executive Producer. She’s a highly skilled journalist with strong social media and broadcast skills and has published work across a variety of platforms including TV, radio, online, print and variety of formats such as blogs, news reports, produced segments.
Her Asia Editor role at Storyful news wire sees her mining social media for newsworthy User-Generated Content, which she then verifies and delivers to newsrooms in real-time.
Kevin Sites has spent the past decade reporting on global war and disaster for ABC, NBC, CNN, and Yahoo! News. In 2005, he became Yahoo!’s first correspondent and covered every major conflict in the world in a single year for his website, Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone. Dubbed by the trade press as the granddaddy of backpack journalists, Sites helped blaze the trail for a new breed of mobile reporters who work alone, carrying only a backpack of portable digital technology to shoot, write, edit and transmit multimedia reports from around the world.
He is the author of two books for Harper Perennial, In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars (2007) and The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done, Or Failed To Do in War (2013). He is a recipient of several major awards, including The Edward R. Murrow Award and The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. He was chosen as a Harvard University Nieman Journalism Fellow in 2010.
Irene Jay Liu is a reporter on the enterprise team at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong.
She led the development of Reuters’ Connected China news app, which tracks and visualizes the people and institutions that make up China’s power structure. The desktop/iPad app has won several journalism and design awards, including a 2013 Data Journalism Award and a special citation by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, which called it “great journalism married with great design.” It was a finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards, in league with Google Maps for iPhone, Google Now and Facebook’s mobile app.
She is an honorary lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, where she teaches a graduate-level course on data journalism.
Previously, she was senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and a political reporter in Albany, New York, where she multi-tasked as print reporter, blogger and on-air correspondent for the Times Union and PBS’ New York Now.
Sunshine Lichauco de Leon has been a freelance journalist based in Manila Philippines for the past 7 years. She has contributed print stories to international media such as The Guardian, Forbes Asia, CNN.com, Globalpost,com, Time.com, USA Today, NBCnews.com and the LA Times.
Sunshine has also done radio reporting for public radio programs such as PRI/BBC’s “The World” and BBC’s Outlook.
When not doing reporting work, she works as a fixer for foreign TV news media, including CNN or NBC news and as a local producer for foreign documentary teams on projects for BBC Radio, Australia’s SBS, Europe’s Arte Channel, and Public Broadcasting Station in the U.S.A.
Before journalism, Sunshine spent 10 years in New York City, working in a variety of industries- including Public Relations, Marketing, Event Production and Hospitality.
Originally from the Philippines, Sunshine grew up in the United States, and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.
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Joanna Chiu is chair of AAJA-Asia’s monthly “Table For 12″ dinners in Hong Kong. She works as a journalist at the South China Morning Post covering political, legal and human rights issues.
Independently, Joanna also contributes to The Economist, The Atlantic, Associated Press, Deutsche Presse-Agentur and the Daily Beast. She serves as Northeast Asia consultant for the Committee to Protect Journalists and as an international politics columnist for Herizons magazine.
Before moving back to Hong Kong after having immigrated with her family to Canada, Joanna studied foreign affairs reporting as a fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism school in New York, and worked for The Nation magazine.
She enjoys hiking on the weekends,
Hello Kitty and secretly reading trashy books on her Kindle.
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Joe is an Associate Partner at Brunswick Group. He joined the global communications group in 2013 after running his own US/China based political and communication consulting firm for 12 years. With broadcasting experience in both Cantonese and Mandarin, Joe’s journalist and publishing career covered both Chinese and English media from Chinese radio stations to Los Angeles Times. He is one of the few PR practitioners in Asia who holds the accreditation of APR(Accredit Public Relations) and is a Fellow of ELP, an environmental leadership foundation in Washington DC. His hobby includes doing movie review, dragon boat racing and traveling.
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Wendy Tang is AAJA-Asia’s Vice President for Hong Kong and a graduate student in journalism studies at the University of Hong Kong.
Before pursuing her master’s degree, Wendy worked as a digital editor at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and a digital media producer at CNN International. Previously, she was at CNN International’s headquarter in Atlanta as an associate producer. She got her first job in journalism through AAJA in New York as a news assistant at NY1 News. Wendy is a graduate of New York University.
Find her on Twitter @wwtang.
Tiffany Ap is the luxury and retail reporter for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
She covers all the happenings in the world’s second largest luxury goods market and has interviewed the top brass of major retailers such as Li & Fung, Fast Retailing, Prada, and Kering. Her work has also been published in Porter magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, London Evening Standard, and the Wall Street Journal.
A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, when Tiffany’s not working on perfecting her hanumanasana (splits), she’s probably scouring the internet for interior design porn to add to her Pinterest boards.
For updates on the intersection of style, business and China, follow her on Twitter @aptiffany.
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William Chang is the internship coordinator for the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Center.
Prior to HKU, William was director of career services at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and was a recruiter for The Associated Press. He has been an online editor for the Associated Press and Long Island Newsday. He also worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer and at The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He also taught at at the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. He was also an adjunct at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the School for International and Public Affairs.
A longtime member of AAJA, William has held various posts including national board representative, chapter president, and co-chair of AAJA’s national convention in New York.
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