Julia B. Chan (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) has been selected to be a part of the Online News Association’s 2017 Women’s Leadership Accelerator. She currently works at Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) as a producer and digital editor for Reveal’s national public radio program. She helped CIR launch YouTube’s first investigative news channel, The I Files, and led engagement strategies for their multimedia projects. Before joining CIR, Julia worked as a web editor and reporter at The San Francisco Examiner. She currently serves as the president of the AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area chapter. Follow Julia on Twitter at @juliachanb.
Toan Lam (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is a multimedia consultant, university instructor, motivational speaker and former TV reporter and host. He is also the founder of the nonprofit Go Inspire Go, a multimedia platform documenting inspiring stories on social media for social change. His work has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN, Disney & Hallmark Channels, Yahoo! and more. He recently launched his new media venture, TruthDare Podcast, a series of intimate conversations encouraging people to tell their own stories and share real-life experiences. Follow Toan on Twitter at @ToanLamTV and learn more about TruthDare at www.truthdaretalk.com.
Andrew LaVallee (AAJA-New York) has been named deputy bureau chief for corporate news at The Wall Street Journal. In this position, he will be working with reporters on retail, consumer goods, telecom, shipping, alcohol and other U.S. business coverage. Andrew first joined the Journal in 2006 and most recently served as deputy bureau chief for the Greater New York area. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @andrewlavallee.
Jaeah Lee (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) has been selected as a 2017 Fund for Investigative Journalism and Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellow. She is currently a freelance journalist writing about criminal justice. Previously, Jaeah was a staff reporter at Mother Jones covering law enforcement after Ferguson. Her work has been featured in VICE News, Pop-Up Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian and others. In 2015, Jaeah was part of a team at Mother Jones that won an Online Journalism Award for a series on the cost of gun violence in America. Follow Jaeah on Twitter at @jaeahjlee.
Ylan Mui (AAJA-Washington D.C.) has announced she will be joining CNBC as a Washington, D.C. correspondent. Ylan has been a contributor to the network on issues ranging from economic policy to financial regulation. Prior to CNBC, Ylan worked with The Washington Post for the last 10 years. Ylan is a former vice president of the AAJA-Washington D.C. chapter and is an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Maryland. Born and raised in New Orleans, she began her career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Follow Ylan on Twitter at @ylanmui.
Sonia Paul (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is an independent journalist, radio producer and contributing editor at MediaShift. She has recently been selected as a Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism “Rising Star.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, VICE News and on Public Radio International, among others. In 2016, she was selected as an African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. From 2013 to 2015, she was based in Lucknow, India, where she reported on India’s 2014 general election and aftermath. Follow Sonia on Twitter at @sonipaul.
Heesun Wee (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) has been selected to be a part of the Online News Association’s 2017 Women’s Leadership Accelerator. She is a multimedia journalist who specializes in long-form, investigative storytelling and is currently a contributing writer for CNBC. At CNBC Digital, she produced two long-form narratives with documentary shorts. She has received the Excellence in Financial Journalism award from the NY State Society of CPAs and a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for her work. Prior to CNBC, she was a senior producer and helped launch multiple video projects at Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! News. Follow Heesun on Twitter at @heesunwee.
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