I currently lead The Heartland Project, a yearlong reporting collaboration to enhance coverage of communities of color and LGBT issues in Nebraska and beyond.
I produce stories for print, online, radio and television, I research and write stories myself but also partner with news outlets to coach reporters on how to make their stories more inclusive and diverse.
For radio, I conduct interviews, gather sound, edit and track scripts. For television, I work behind the scenes to help on-air talent become better field reporters. I help draft scripts and, when needed, shoot video.
As a journalist-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I also serve as a resource for journalism students and faculty. I speak to journalism classes on the diversity issues in journalism.
As a Washington-based reporter for the Boston Globe, I focused on politics, Congress and national elections. Before arriving in the nation's capital, I completed a reporting fellowship that took me to Laos to report on the unexploded U.S. bombs that kill or seriously injure 300 people each year. At the Sacramento Bee, I covered the policy, politics and human consequences of the health care system. I also served a tour of duty in Iraq for McClatchy Newspapers during the peak of violence.
In my backpack, you'll find all the tools required by a hands-on digital journalist: a video-ready SLR camera, an iPad, a broadcast-quality audio recorder and a laptop loaded with all the software needed to edit and produce multimedia storytelling, as well as build and code websites.
I'm a longtime national leader of the Asian American Journalists Association. As the national chair of AAJA's MediaWatch Committee, I've served as the association's chief watchdog and spokesman for fair and accurate coverage of our communities. I am a devoted mentor to young journalists pursuing and navigating their careers.
To see where I've worked and what I've done, please take a look at my resume.