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2017 Cohort: Philadelpha 2018 Cohort: Houston 2019 Cohort: Atlanta 2021 Cohort: Virtual 2022 Cohort: Los Angeles 2023 Cohort: Washington, D.C. 2024 Cohort: Austin

2017 Leadership

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Maya Sugarman

The Washington Post

Maya is a video editor at The Washington Post for The Lily, a publication that elevates stories critical to the lives of women. Previously, she worked at NPR affiliate KPCC in Los Angeles. Maya went to UCLA and was a Voices student in Detroit in 2011.

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Jessie Tseng

Flatiron Health

Jessie is a lead product designer at Flatiron Health, working on improving cancer treatments by accelerating oncology research. Previously, she’s worked at The Washington Post. She is a proud Cal alumna and was a Voices student in Detroit in 2011.

2017 Fellows

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Ala’a Ibrahim

University of Texas at Austin

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Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks

UC Berkeley

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Aparna Verma

Stanford University

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Austin Ma


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Avery Yang

Emory University

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Ayah Galal

Quinnipiac University

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Janaki Chadha

Sarah Lawrence College

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Jasmine Espy

Wayne State University

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Kristine Tuzon

CSU Fullerton

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Lawrence Wu

New York University

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Mehrunisa Khan

University of Michigan

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Nour Coudsi

University of California, Berkeley

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Peregrine Frissell

University of Montana

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Rachel Jude Ramirez

University of Portland

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Sheila Raghavendran

Indiana University

2017 Editors

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Brian Nguyen

The Tylt

Brian Nguyen is an editor at The Tylt, an early stage venture from Advance Digital. Before this he was a visuals resident at the Chicago Tribune where he worked in various capacities as a photographer, assignment editor and video editor.

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Frank Shyong

The Tylt

Frank Shyong is a reporter at the Los Angeles Times who writes about Asian neighborhoods, Chinese immigration and other topics. He was raised in Tennessee and studied economics at UCLA. His work has appeared in the Orange County Register, the Taipei Times and Entertainment Weekly.

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Hannah Bae

Hannah Bae is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist, illustrator and digital media strategist who runs a food illustration site called with her husband, Adam Oelsner. She is the president of AAJA’s New York chapter, a co-lead of AAJA’s national mentoring program, and a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program.

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Jill Cowan

Dallas Morning News

Jill Cowan covers the economy and demographics for the Dallas Morning News. Before that, she wrote about issues ranging from historical preservation to environmental law in a fast-growing Nashville suburb for TheTennessean. She’s also covered courts for the Los Angeles Times, written about Orange County for the Times and its community newspapers, and reported on all manner of Central Valley weirdness for The Bakersfield Californian.

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Kris Vera-Phillips

KPBS San Diego

Kris Vera-Phillips is an Emmy Award-winning journalist at KPBS San Diego where she manages Evening Edition and Roundtable on San Diego’s PBS station. Beyond the newsroom, Kris serves as a board member for the San Diego chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and she helped raise awareness about public media and the need for diversity in newsrooms as a Next Generation Leadership fellow. Before public media, Kris produced news shows for CBS and NBC in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association.

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Myra Iqbal


Myra Iqbal, 26, is photojournalist from Islamabad, Pakistan. She has a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College in Art and Design and is currently enrolled in the M.S. Journalism program at Columbia University in New York City. Myra has worked with the Express Tribune and been published in the New York Times among other publications. She uses her lens to see, educate and inspire.

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Phil Marcelo

Associated Press

Phil Marcelo is an enterprise reporter for the Associated Press based in Boston. He tends to write about casino gambling, law enforcement, counterterrorism, immigration, race and anything weird and interesting in Massachusetts. He previously worked at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island as a political reporter. He was a first-time VOICES mentor last year.

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Rong-Gong Lin II

Los Angeles Times

Rong-Gong Lin II is a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has written about municipal corruption, earthquake safety, public health, transportation and local government. He was a member of the reporting team covering the San Bernardino shootings that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news. A San Francisco area native, he graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 and joined the paper as a member of the Minority Editorial Training Program.

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Scott Pham

BuzzFeed News

Scott Pham is the news applications developer for the Center for Investigative Reporting. He creates interactive data visualizations for the web and finds stories in data. Previously, he was the digital editor for the NBC Bay Area Investigative Team. Before NBC, he worked at numerous places in the public radio system, reporting for broadcast and innovating online. At KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri, he served as Content Director and led the station to a national Murrow Award for best website. At KBIA he also founded the Missouri Drone Journalism Program in collaboration with the University of Missouri.

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Wendy Lee

San Francisco Chronicle

Wendy Lee is a tech reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. She previously worked for NPR affiliate station 89.3 FM KPCC in Southern California, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Tennessean in Nashville.


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