2016 Board Members


PhilipYam238x238Philip Yam is the editor-in-chief of the website for the Simons Foundation, which funds  research in the basic sciences and mathematics—think origin of life, string theory and neuroscience. Previously, he was managing editor, online, for Scientific American, responsible for the site’s overall digital content as well as other special editorial products. He cut his journalism teeth as a reporter for the Cornell Daily Sun before taking on roles at Scientific American as a copy editor, features editor specializing in physics and then as news editor. He is also the author of the 2003 book, The Pathological Protein: Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting, and Other Deadly Prion Diseases, which he should have named “Cannibalism’s Revenge,” but oh well. Follow him on Twitter @philipyam.


hbae-headshot-cnnHannah Bae serves as viral news editor at CNNMoney. Previously, she worked as a social media coordinator at Newsday. Before New York, she lived in South Korea, where she worked in the press office of U.S. Embassy Seoul and served as a Princeton-in-Asia journalism fellow. Follow her on Twitter at @@hanbae.


Self-Portrait.Kristina-BustosKristina Bustos has a diverse background as a freelance journalist. She got her start as a freelancer in Milwaukee where she covered local events and restaurants for a community newspaper. She jumped right into the fashion world after moving to New York six years ago. She managed the fashion and beauty blog The Blay Report, where she was instrumental in the blog receiving recognition from the British Vogue. She also was a fashion a contributor for Essence, Honey and Asian-American magazine, Audrey. She is currently a freelance entertainment reporter at Hearst UK’s Digital Spy for the last three years. Additionally, she contributes for Paste Magazine, The Riveter and The Couch Sessions. Follow her on Twitter: @krisbustos.


SachiFujimori238x238Sachi Fujimori is a features reporter with The (Bergen) Record newspaper/northjersey.com, where she currently writes about health, food, art, culture and the occasional New Jersey character. She began reporting in North Jersey in 2006 as the Religion reporter for The Herald News, covering the region’s diverse faith communities from the Catholics and Muslims to Bahais and Black churches. Originally from New York, she did a stint in the Bay Area, receiving a Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2006. He work has been published in The Asahi Shimbun, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune, The Charlotte Observer, The Providence Journal, The Online News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Food & Nutrition magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @sachifujimori.


Shirley LewShirley was in college when I discovered AAJA in the yellow pages phone book. Honest. After an initial telephone call to ask, “What is AAJA? I became a member. I was studying broadcast journalism at the time. At the moment I’m not working in the industry, but hope to again someday. I’m focusing on being a multi-platform journalist and the writing opportunities through AAJA has taught me digital skills that I otherwise would not have learned on my own. I’ve been most active in the last five years of AAJA to make an impact for my chapter and to also build relationships with my fellow members. After all, it is about networking, networking and networking. That’s what they say at AAJA conventions! I have met so many incredible and talented people that I’ve learned from that I’m very happy to call them my friends.


Julianne-Chiaet-HeadshotJulianne Chiaet is a freelance journalist based in Montclair, NJ. She mostly covers health, medicine, and biology. She occasionally writes about other subjects, such as Japan, Bitcoin, and culture. She has been published in The Daily Beast, Scientific American, and DailyMail. Julianne is a regular contributor at Labroots. Find her at jchiaet.com and follow her at @JuliChiaet.


YinYin Mei is a public relations expert turned journalist turned engineer who has lived in the US, France and China. She has been published in Mashable and The School Library Journal. Besides writing, she has been vocal by organizing free-for-the-community events around innovation, to strengthen ties across industries in past productions such as BarCamp Beijing, TEDxBeijing. She has always been an advocate for innovative ways to include technology in the future of journalism. Here in New York, she’s also active in the community as one of the original founders of the Beijing Club of New York and a provisional New York Junior League member for 2016. Follow her on Twitter @msyinmei.


Emily Tan is a freelance writer, photographer and web producer based in Jersey City, N.J. She covers all things women, food, pop culture, music and technology. She’s been published in the Seattle Times, AOL, Yahoo! News, CMJ, Spinner, PopEater, Metro and the International News Safety Institute. Currently Emily contributes to various sites including TheBoomBox.com, MySpace, Mode, PopCrush and the Village Voice. She does web production for the Simons Foundation. Find her on emilyvtan.com and follow her @cessemi.


nomin_02Nomin Ujiyediin is a freelance multimedia journalist and a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared on NPR’s Latino USA, in the Bronx Free Press and in Our Town. She has worked in education, in politics and in publishing, and she hopes to spend the rest of my career working in radio or podcasting. Follow Nomin on Twitter and Instagram @NominUJ, and find more of my work at nominuj.com.