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2019 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.

2019 Fellows

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Aditi Mayer

UC Irvine

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Alyssa Ramos

University of Florida

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Amanda Zhou

Dartmouth College

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Anh Nguyen

Temple University

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Anna Wu

Mount Holyoke College

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Ash Ngu


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Emily Cardinali

University of Hawai’i at Manoa

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Farnoush Amiri

New York University

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Grace Moon

New York University

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Kaitlyn Cheung

The University of Hong Kong

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Kitty Hu

University of California, Los Angeles

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Marella Gayla

Harvard College

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Michael Lee

Ohio State University

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Sunny Kim

University of Texas at Austin

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Shafaq Patel

Emerson College

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Souichi Terada

Michigan State University

2019 Editors

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Alyssa Jeong Perry


Alyssa Jeong Perry is an audio reporter and producer. Currently, she is a reporter at KPCC on the health team. Previously she was a reporter and producer at KQED. She’s won two AAJA awards in 2016 and 2017 on US immigration. Alyssa is also a graduate of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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Brian Nguyen

The Tylt

Brian Nguyen is the Manager of Media Production and Emerging Platforms at The Tylt, an early stage media venture from Advance Digital. Previously, he was a photo editing/visuals resident at The Chicago Tribune, and a forever intern at The Sacramento Bee.

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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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Ryan Menezes

Los Angeles Times

Ryan Menezes works on the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, where he analyzes data, writes stories, crafts visualizations and tackles various journalistic problems with the help of code. He’s used data to cover a variety of topics including demographics, money in politics, education, healthcare and public policy. A graduate of UCLA with a degree in statistics, he joined The Times in 2013.

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Sameer Rao

The Baltimore Sun

Sameer Rao is an arts and entertainment reporter on The Baltimore Sun’s features desk. He joined The Sun in 2019 after nearly four years reporting for Colorlines, a racial justice-focused daily news site. In addition to arts topics, he has covered education, telecommunications policy, sports, politics, police and immigration. His freelance work includes stories for The Guardian, Stereogum, VICE’s Noisey and The Washington Post Express. Sameer began his career in Philadelphia, where he wrote for Philadelphia City Paper, WXPN’s The Key and the Public School Notebook. He previously served on the Asian American Journalists Association’s advisory and governing boards. Sameer grew up around Hartford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Haverford College.

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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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Maya Srikrishnan

Voice of San Diego

Maya Srikrishnan is a reporter at Voice of San Diego. She currently covers the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration issues, and previously wrote about education, housing and land use issues in San Diego County. Maya was raised in New York and studied history at the University of Texas in Austin. She has a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia’s Journalism School. Maya also served in the Peace Corps in Panama, where she trained Panamanian teachers for nearly three years.

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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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