Asian American Journos Elect New President
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has elected WaPo’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee as their next President. With more than 1,500 AAJA members across the country, Michelle boasts the chops to take the reins. The Guam native works on WaPo’s political enterprise and accountability team, covering money and influence in politics. Before that she worked for the paper’s Fact Checker, digging for the truth beyond political rhetoric. She has also served as a government accountability Reporter at The Arizona Republic, covering public money, regulatory loopholes, and state and county politics. “This is a challenging time in our industry -- attacks against the integrity of our profession and press freedom, the dwindling local news market, the struggle to find a lasting and profitable revenue model,” the Emory University graduate said in her address to the organization where she previously served as SVP. She goes on to lay out additional challenges saying, “Despite our work for nearly 40 years to diversify newsrooms, the news industry is still devoid of leaders who are not white men, particularly at the highest levels. On top of it all, our Asian American-Pacific Islander community is still struggling to wield its full potential as a formidable electorate in this country.” She says she wants to lead a revolution of change during her tenure. “I envision AAJA as a trailblazing force at the forefront of this turbulent time — -- innovating, thinking ahead, anticipating what’s coming, and adapting quickly to changes we hadn’t anticipated.” Read her full vision here.