Last week, AAJA chose the members of the Executive Leadership Program for 2014.
And AAJA-NY is proud to announce that five of our members have been chosen to attend the program from June 18 to June 21 at the Gannett Company headquarters in McLean, Va.
Meet the New Yorkers who have been selected to be part of this year’s class.
Carolyn Sun is a news correspondent at the United Nations. She has a Masters degree in magazine journalism from New York University and has worked as an editor at the Asian American Writers Workshop and a media director for a transportation think tank. She has also freelanced for over ten years at various publications such as Newsweek, the Boston Globe, O., the New York Times blog, Westchester magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She is currently part of the American Copy Editing Society and AAWW, and in her spare time, she cooks and reads a range of food magazines, jogs and swims. Follow her on Twitter: @CarolynSSun.
Rajath Vikram has been the evening assignment editor at NY1 News since 2007. He has also worked for 1010 WINS and WPIX-TV in a variety of editorial, production and field roles. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a proud member of AAJA and SAJA as well as the NY1 Diversity Council and the NY1 Green Team. He was born in the Bronx, raised in the north suburbs of NYC and currently resides in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. He is of Indian and Pakistani heritage.
Sachi Fujimori is a Health and Science Writer for the Skin Cancer Foundation and currently based in West New York, N.J. She looks forward to this year’s program and says, “So many ELP alums have told me how meaningful and life-changing the program was, so I’m excited to finally participate in it. It’s also great timing because I’m at a career crossroads. Just this spring I left my newspaper reporter job of 8 years to work as a writer/editor for a foundation. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I’d like to stay in media and progress to more managerial roles.”
Hannah Bae is a social media coordinator at Newsday. Previously, she worked in the press office of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, where she lived for the past six years. She came to Seoul as a Princeton-in-Asia journalism fellow, then continued to cover Korea for media ranging from the Associated Press, CNN Travel and IDG Connect. Follow her adventures in NYC reverse-culture shock on Twitter at @hanbae.
Marilyn Ajavananda is a native of Rochester, N.Y., who grew up with six siblings and a father who emigrated from Thailand and a German-American mother. She began working for the Democrat and Chronicle newsroom nearly 17 years ago as a copy editor after a career as an advertising account executive. “I strongly believe that my involvement as a longtime community volunteer opened the newsroom door for me,” she says. “Since 2004, my volunteerism has focused on cultural and educational projects for a pan-Asian non-profit, APAAroc.org. In 2014 I started blogging for UNITE ROCHESTER, a newspaper initiative to encourage the community to discuss race.”