By Mega Sugianto, Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists (AASMBJ) co-chair
We were all hit very hard after what happened in Virginia. Alison and Adam were like us and our friends. We related to them somehow.
Now that some time has passed, we want to encourage a conversation, touching on safety issues, dealing with traumatic events, and how to learn from the Virginia shooting. AASMBJ hosted a Live Google Hangout with Michelle Li, news anchor at WISC-TV, to discuss these important issues.
What: “Safety in the Workplace”
Who: Michelle Li, anchor, WISC-TV (Madison, WI)
Michelle wrote up a blog post on her perspective. We recommend you read it before watching the Google Hangout.
Tweet us @AASMBJ using the hashtag #AAJAHangout.
More on Michelle Li:
Michelle Li anchors the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts for WISC-TV in Madison, Wis. Previously she worked as the primary anchor for legacy stations in the Coastal Carolinas and Southwest Missouri.
Michelle is a traditional television journalist but her interactive work is what most people remember. Google often showcases her work in newsrooms across the country for livestreaming and talking to viewers over YouTube. She has received 6 regional EMMYs, including three back-to-back for Interactivity in the Chicago and Nashville markets. She’s received multiple EMMY nominations and awards for her reports on synthetic marijuana, deadly tornadoes, foster care concerns, women’s reproductive health, national scams and distracted driving. In 2012, she was named Anchor of the Year for the Carolinas by the state broadcasting association. And, she earned a coveted Edward R. Murrow award for writing.
Michelle is a Korean adoptee who spent many summers volunteering with adoptive families and in orphanages in Seoul. She also started a television program in Missouri to help foster kids find permanent homes. For that, Congress honored her work with an Angels in Adoption Award. She later returned to Washington, D.C. as a guest speaker at the National Press Club on behalf of Holt International.
Michelle grew up in a rural area near Kansas City and studied journalism at the University of Kansas. She loves to volunteer, cook and spend time outside with family. Michelle’s husband Jim is also an EMMY-award winning journalist who now works on the mobile side of news. Together they have two huge dogs named Minnie and Piper. And, yes, Michelle played a reporter in the movie ‘Tammy’ and on the TV show ‘The Following’.