AAJA Member News: June 2016 Roundup



howard_chenHoward Chen (AAJA-Texas) recently became a Senior Producer at ESPN International. He is currently helping to coordinate coverage for ESPN’s new NBA initiative with China. Howard was previously the Sports Producer at FOX 26 KRIV-TV in Houston and the Rockets and Astros reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. Follow Howard on Twitter at @TheHoChen.





Ramy Inocencio (AAJA-New York) is a Bloomberg Television anchor and correspondent covering U.S. markets, technology and luxury. He was named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian-Americans in Business for 2016 by the national Asian American Business Development Center. Prior to Bloomberg, Ramy was CNN International’s Asia business correspondent in Hong Kong and the Wall Street Journal’s Asia Deputy Editor for Video during which he covered the Philippine devastation from Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, Hong Kong’s massive pro-democracy Umbrella Revolution in 2014 and Pope Francis’ first visit to the Philippines in 2015. Ramy has also served as AAJA’s Asia chapter president, founding the annual New.Now.Next International Media Conference from 2011, leading the chapter to its first Chapter of the Year award in 2013 and subsequently being awarded Chapter President of the Year in 2014. Follow Ramy on Twitter at @RamyInocencio.



Gene Kang (AAJA-San Diego) is the Marketing Director for AAJA-San Diego and was previously the Vice President of Broadcast for AAJA-Chicago. He is currently a Reporter/Fill-In Anchor at CBS News 8/KFMB-TV in San Diego. Gene was recently nominated for an Emmy for the “Best Reporter” talent category for the NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter. His composite of work includes experience in breaking news, investigative journalism and general assignment reporting. He was an Emmy winner in 2015 for the “Breaking News” category for the NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter for his coverage of the Southern California wildfires which evacuated tens-of-thousands of residents and threatened a major university and dozens of local businesses. Follow Gene on Twitter at @GeneCBS8.


Suzanne_PhanSuzanne Phan (AAJA-Seattle) is a former president and board member of AAJA-Sacramento and is a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program and the Catalyst Leadership Program of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (SACC). She recently produced the documentary “Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story”, a film about the most decorated American weightlifter in the history of the sport. This 30-minute documentary will run on PBS stations across the U.S. beginning in August. As of recently, Suzanne began a new chapter of her career as a reporter for KOMO-TV in Seattle. Follow Suzanne on Twitter at @SuzannePhan.



Ryan Yamamoto (AAJA-Seattle) is the director, producer, and photographer of the documentary “Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story”. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winning sports reporter, and has also been recognized by the Associated Press (APTRA), Radio and TV News Association (RTNA – Golden Mic), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Ryan previously served as president and as a board member of AAJA-Sacramento. He recently began the next step of his career at KOMO-TV in Seattle and was previously a weekend anchor and reporter for ABC10 in Sacramento. Follow Ryan on Twitter at @YamsTV.



anjanaAnjana Schroeder (AAJA-Michigan) won her first Emmy Award as a producer at WXYZ-TV in Detroit. Alongside anchor Carolyn Clifford and photojournalist John Ciolino, she produced the Emmy-winning special “Against All Odds”. The half-hour program features kids in the city of Detroit striving to get through high school. They are not only trying to find their place in the world but most days are struggling to find a place to sleep and have a meal. The program looks at how the United Way’s High School Turnaround Initiative and the GM Foundation’s efforts are helping kids at seven Detroit high schools. It highlights how these kids, with the help the community, are rising above against all odds in a variety of touching success stories. The program won an Emmy in the Human Interest – Program/Special category. Follow Anjana on Twitter at @anjanaschroeder.


Liberty Zabala (AAJA-San Diego) is a morning show reporter and multimedia journalist for NBC 7 in San Diego, CA. She was recently nominated for a regional Emmy in the News – Technology Single Story or Series category for her sweeps piece “Brain Monitoring Technology in Deadly Force Training”.  The piece covers a group of scientists in Carlsbad, CA using brain monitoring technology to improve police use-of-force training. Liberty is also responsible for overhauling the San Diego chapter by assembling an 11-member board of directors and revamping the chapter’s official website and social media accounts. She is currently leading AAJA San Diego’s 30th anniversary celebration and has arranged for the anniversary to take place this September at NBC7’s new state-of-the-art facility. Follow Liberty on Twitter at @LibertyNBC7SD.


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