A multiple award-winning journalist, Zela is the principal reporter for the weekly, prime-time business program “Money Matters” on TVB, Hong Kong’s flagship broadcaster. Prior to launching “Money Matters,” she reported for TVB’s documentary program “Pearl Magazine” and business program “Money Magazine.” TVB shows reach 2.3 million households in the city, and over 300 million households worldwide. She’s filed reports from mainland China, Macau, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Myanmar, among others.
Zela started her career at CNN headquarters in the U.S. and later joined CNN in Hong Kong to produce “Talk Asia.” Highlights include interviews with Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, scientist Stephen Hawking, and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. She has had stints with The Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and ABC News (U.S.) online.
In her free time, she guest-lectures at universities and moderates conferences. She is the Executive Vice President of the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and recently joined the Board of Governors of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong.
Zela has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong and a bachelor’s in Slavic languages and international comparative area studies from Duke University.