Helen Kwong has a thirst for accuracy and obtaining information. After moving to New York in 2008, the metro Detroit native went back to school to study library and information science at Pratt Institute in hopes to learn newspaper and photo preservation and improve her research skills.
Helen kicked off her journalism career in 2003 at The Des Moines Register after studying journalism at Michigan State University. She was on the neighborhood news copy editing team that won that year’s Editor’s Choice Award. In 2004, she moved back home to join The Detroit News, the paper she’s been reading since elementary school. During her four years there as a copy editor for 1A, national, business, features and online news, Helen noticed how much journalism has changed, but her personal experience has stayed the same. In fall 2008, she declined her Peace Corps assignment to help farmers in Senegal to pursue her dream of living in New York City. After doing some freelance work, she decided to go to graduate school. It was there that she learned she loves to do research and work in archives. She hopes to be a news researcher or archivist when she graduates in December.
Helen worked on AAJA Voices in 2003 and has interned at The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Detroit News. While studying library science and archives, she has interned at American Civil Liberties Union and is currently interning at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library and The New York Times research department. She is currently doing archival research in New York and Detroit for the documentary “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” In her spare time she volunteers at City Harvest.