MediaWatch is delighted to announce the appointment of three more members to its committee: Stephen Jiwanmall of the Philadelphia Chapter, Iris Kuo of the Texas Chapter and Martyn Williams of the San Francisco Chapter.
MediaWatch Chair Bobby Caina Calvan made the appointments in consultation with AAJA President Paul Cheung. The three new members join the committee’s roster of volunteers: Chris Casquejo of Seattle, Ti-Hua Chang of New York, Jonathan Choe of Minnesota, Abe Kwok of Arizona, Ling Woo Liu of San Francisco, Harry Mok of San Francisco, Zain Shauk of Texas and Doris Truong of Washington D.C. Sadly, committee member Sachin Shenolikar of New York has stepped down.
MediaWatch serves as AAJA’s eyes and ears to monitor our industry for fair and accurate coverage of our communities. To learn more about the committee’s work, visit the MediaWatch page on AAJA’s website or on Facebook.
Jiwanmall is a video reporter/producer at the Bucks County Courier Times in suburban Philadelphia. He serves as social media director for AAJA’s Philadelphia chapter and is a 2013 graduate of the AAJA Voices program. Stephen is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and La Salle University. He recently worked on a video series “Remembering Riley,” covering transgender issues after the suicide of a local teenager. You can follow Stephen on Twitter at @SteveJiwanmall and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jiwanmallnews.
Kuo is a seasoned business and energy journalist who reports on the U.S. oil industry for top energy news wire Argus Media in Houston. Previously, she led green energy investment coverage for tech news outlet VentureBeat and served as an international correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Her work has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, North Texas Public Radio and on the front pages of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Miami Herald. Iris has reported on everything from the soaring price of tea leaves in China to golf course brawls in Houston to oil caverns deep beneath sugar cane fields in Louisiana. Outside of work, she is leading development of an app that will quantify and bring attention to the gender gap among senior leaders of major brands. She served as chapter president of AAJA Texas from 2010-2012.
Williams is a senior correspondent at IDG News Service in San Francisco. Previously, he was a 2011-2012 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He arrived in California from a 16-year stint in Tokyo where he served as bureau chief for IDG covering the IT and electronics industry in Japan and South Korea. He is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, runs the North Korea Tech website and covered the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami for Voice of America.
Chang’s appointment to the committee was previously announced last month. Chang is an award-winning journalist at WNYW/Fox 5. On 9/11, he was the first reporter to inform the public on that day’s number of causalities. In 1996, he won the Peabody Award for a series of reports he filed on accused drug-dealing murderers. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005 for a piece exposing police use of infrared equipment to spy on private citizens. Chang has also won five Emmys. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Chang was named by Columbia in 2004 as one of 10 most influential Columbia alumni in New York City, where he resides with his family.