AAJA Member News: February 2017 Roundup

Barbara Chai (AAJA-New York) has joined Dow Jones Media Group as head of arts, life and culture coverage. In this position, she will kickstart new digital initiatives and strengthen coverage of existing Dow Jones Media titles, including MarketWatch, Financial News, Barron’s and Mansion Global. Barbara previously worked at The Wall Street Journal for more than 17 years, most recently as editor of the Journal’s pop culture and arts site Speakeasy, which reached a record audience under her leadership. She also helped launch the Journal’s CFO vertical and was an editor in Brussels and Hong Kong for their digital platform. Follow Barbara on Twitter at @barbarachai.



Ramy_Inocencio-cropRamy Inocencio (AAJA-New York) has been named Global Co-Lead for Bloomberg’s Pan-Asian Community (BPAC), a two-year volunteer leadership role within the company’s Diversity and Inclusion program. In this position, he will help develop and guide events and strategy with colleagues in the U.S., Asia and Europe and with partnering organizations and professional networks around the world. In addition, Ramy is the new President of the New York alumni chapter of the East-West Center (EWC) and currently serves as AAJA’s Vice President of Journalism Programs. Feel free to contact him at aajaramy@gmail.com for inquiries related to AAJA programming. Follow Ramy on Twitter at @RamyInocencio.




Amy Pholphiboun (AAJA-At-Large) recently joined WDEF in Chattanooga, TN as the weekend anchor, producer and reporter. She received her undergraduate degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Before Amy made a career switch to broadcasting, she spent nine years as a banker in credit card marketing. She has experience writing and reporting in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona as well as in southern California and Kalispell, Montana. Amy has also spent two terms as treasurer for AAJA-Arizona. Follow Amy on Twitter at @amywdef.



al-youngAl Young (AAJA-New England) is a longtime AAJA member and retired journalist who has been selected as an honorary member to the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) during its 50th anniversary celebration in January. A former sportswriter, Al was named to AAJA’s inaugural “Asian American Pioneer Journalist Honor Roll” in 2010. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily and is known as the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter and is the namesake for the Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship presented by the AAJA Sports Task Force.


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