AAJA Announces 2015 Award Winners

The 2015 AAJA Awards were announced on Saturday, August 15 at the Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet during this year’s national convention in San Francisco, CA. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

National Journalism Awards

Asian American
Pacific Islander Issues

Written Journalism

Peter Elkind

Editor at Large, Fortune and Marty Jones, Contributor, Fortune

Citizenship for Sale

General
Excellence

Written Journalism

Aisha Sultan

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Home and Family Editor/Columnist,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“New Life Amid Chaos”

Asian American
Pacific Islander Issues

Television/Online

David Ono

News Anchor, KABC-TV

The Diary

General
Excellence

Television/Online

John Woo

Kyle Iboshi

Senior Staff Editor, Video, The New York Times

The Men of Atalissa

Asian American
Pacific Islander Issues

Radio/Audio

Kat Chow

Vanessa Hua

Digital Journalist, NPR’s Code Switch

How the ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Melody Came to Represent Asia

 

General
Excellence

Radio/Audio

Alisa Chang

Congressional Correspondent, NPR

Election 2014: Republican Takeover of the Senate” Series

General
Excellence

Student Journalism

Yunita Ong

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Student, Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism

“Waffles with that Joe?”
(appeared in Forbes Asia)

Asian American
Pacific Islander Issues

Student Journalism

Yunita Ong

Student, Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism

From the Outside Looking In

Asian American
Pacific Islander Issues

Multimedia

Emil Guillermo

Kyle Iboshi

Online Journalist

Fight Still Not Over for Filipino Vets

General
Excellence

Multimedia

Emil Guillermo

Vanessa Hua

Online Journalist

WWII Filipino Veterans Fighting to Their Deaths


Membership Awards

Member of the Year 2015

Pamela Wu
Director of Marketing and Communications,
UC Davis, School of Law

AAJA-Sacramento

ELP Outstanding Leadership Award

Bob Der
Managing Director, 10Ten Media

Justin Tejada Contributing Writer, Playboy.com and Social Media Consultant, AskMen

Doris Truong
Web Editor, The Washington Post

Chapter President of the Year 2015

Mai Hoang
Business Reporter, Yakima Herald-Republic

AAJA-Seattle

Chapter of the Year 2015

Seattle

Mentor of the Year Award

Stephanie Sy
Anchor, Al Jazeera America


 

Member of the Year

2014 Bobby Calvan
2013 Richard Lui
2012 Julie Tam (Texas), Bobby Calvan (D.C.), Jam Sardar (Michigan)
2011 Frank Witsil
2010 Lisa Chung and
Craig Gima
2009 Cynthia Wang
2008 Paul Cheung and Ivette Yee
2007 George Kiriyama
2006 Neal Justin
2005 Randall Yip
2004 Keith Kamisugi
2003 Pradnya Joshi
2002 Sandy Louey
2001 Amy Wang
2000 Anthony Ramirez
1999 Aki Soga
1998 Michael and Alix Quan
1997 Dalton Tanonaka
1996 Kimberly Moy

President of the Year

2014 Ramy Inocencio
2013 Sandy Louey (Sacramento) and Jocelyn “Joz” (Los Angeles)
2012 Julie Shaw (Philadelphia)
2011 Sanjay Bhatt (Seattle)
2010 Ryan O. Kim (San Francisco/Bay Area)
2009 Vino Wong (Atlanta)
2008 Victoria Lim (Florida)
2007 Lorene Yue (Chicago)
2006 Henry Fuhrmann and
Rachanee Srisavasdi(Los Angeles)
2005 Murali Balaji (Philadelphia)
2004 Ted Shen, posthumously (Chicago)
2003 Anh Do (Los Angeles)
2002 Cheryl Tan (Washington, D.C.)
2001 Denise L. Poon (Los Angeles)
2000 Lee Ann Kim (San Diego)
1999 Mi Young Hwang (Chicago)
1998 Bonnie Lee (San Francisco/Bay Area)
1997 Nancy Yoshihara (Los Angeles)
1996 Esther Wu (Texas)

Chapter of the Year

2014 New York
2013 Asia
2012 Asia
2011 Minnesota
2010 Sacramento
2009 New England
2008 Seattle
2007 Los Angeles
2006 Sacramento
2005 Seattle
2004 San Diego and Washington, D.C.
2003 Texas
2002 San Francisco/Bay Area
2001 New York
2000 Atlanta
1999 New England
1998 Florida
1997 Minnesota
1996 Hawai’I


Leadership in Diversity Award

RICHARD HOLDEN, Former Executive Director, Dow Jones News Fund

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This award honors an individual or corporation that has made strides in promoting and demonstrating diversity in the news media industry. The Leadership in Diversity Award winner is selected by the AAJA National Board.

Rich Holden was the executive director of the Dow Jones News Fund from 1992 until his retirement in 2014. His last position at The Wall Street Journal was senior editor overseeing the recruiting, hiring and training of the editors at the newspaper. He has also spent more than 25 years as a faculty member at the Maynard Institute’s Editing Program for Minority Journalists at the University of Arizona and the University of Nevada-Reno.

 


Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism

WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, Investigative Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Betting on ‘The Bluff’

Patrick Madden

This award, from a partnership of AAJA and the Gannett Foundation, recognizes groundbreaking work by an individual or team of current AAJA full members in creatively using digital tools in community watchdog journalism. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium.

Willoughby Mariano’s report on the persistent blight found on Atlanta’s English Avenue is an example of longform investigative journalism at its best. Mariano combined smart analysis of a local property records database and on-the-ground reporting to uncover, tackle and explain an important, complicated issue. By digging into who actually owns the dilapidated properties on English Avenue, Mariano’s project revealed that the ongoing blight is largely sustained by the inaction of a real estate speculator named Rick Warren — who then takes advantage of low property values to purchase more real estate in an area primed for development. Mariano is also successful in bringing the story to life through strong writing and excellent access to a variety of sources, including Warren himself. The print stories were accompanied by an immersive map-based interactive that provided an engaging way to explore the story’s findings.


Lifetime Achievement Award

TI-HUA CHANG, Freelance Correspondent, CBS News

Patrick Madden

This award honors an Asian American or Pacific Islander who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life’s work.

Emmy-winning journalist Ti-Hua Chang was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award because of his tireless advocacy for the principles of journalism, his long list of contributions to AAJA, and his commitment to mentoring the next generation. To quote his nominator: “Ti-Hua constantly helps my career, as a fellow Asian male in broadcast, even when by helping me it could directly negatively impact him. Why? To Ti-Hua it’s always about the greater good above self. This is what he stands for.”


Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice

EMIL GUILLERMO, Online Journalist

Emil Guillermo

This award recognizes excellence in coverage of Asian American Pacific Islander civil rights and social justice, causes the late doctor promoted for all Americans but especially women and Asian Americans.

Guillermo’s weekly column “Emil Amok” has chronicled and confronted the transgressions large and small that Asian Americans have all too often silently endured. From affirmative action to the lack of Asian American representation in all facets of society, Guillermo has tackled issues that often go unreported. Among his columns was an exclusive interview with the killer of Vincent Chin, Ronald Ebens, whom Guillermo tracked down–and extracted an apology from–on the 30th anniversary of Chin’s death.

See more of Guillermo’s work.


 

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Richard Holden (left) accepts the 2015 Leadership in Diversity Award from Paul Cheung (right). Photo credit: Vasna Wilson

Ti-Hua Chang. Photo credit: Vasna Wilson
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(From left to right) Aisha Sultan, Yunita Ong, Emil Guillermo, Kat Chow, and Ailsa Chang. Photo credit: Vasna Wilson

For questions about the AAJA awards, please contact Justin Seiter at justins@oldsite.aaja.org.


Featured image courtesy of Vasna Wilson