About AAJA New England

Founded in 1981, AAJA is a non-profit professional and educational organization with more than 2,000 members today. AAJA encourages Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to enter the ranks of journalism, works for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and promotes increasing the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry.

AAJA New England chapter has provided resources to students and professional journalists and service to the community of New England’s 6 states — states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The New England chapter typically has about 70 members.

2013 Chapter Board Members:

Susan Choi
Freelance photographer
Bio forthcoming.

Tara Eng Arden Goldsmith
National Board Representative
Editorial Consultant
Tara directs a consultancy specializing in nonfiction book development. She has been a member of AAJA’s Washington, New York, and New England chapters, and was elected to AAJA’s national governing board in 2001. She’s a devotee of East Coast newsrooms, having worked at The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. Tara was named an AAJA National Scholar in 1995.

Cindy Atoji (Keene)
Cindy is a Boston-based freelance writer, editor, and project manager who specializes in healthcare, technology, and business coverage. She is a veteran newspaper journalist, having served as magazine/supplements editor at the Boston Herald and assistant lifestyle editor at the Lowell Sun. She was managing editor for Science and Theology News, and has developed content for several online media companies, including BodiMojo.com and Owner IQ. Cindy currently blogs for the Boston Globe and is a freelance writer for numerous national and regional publications, newsletters, alumni magazines, and websites. Cindy has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and as a copy editor, was awarded the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Scholarship and Minority Internship.

Dolores Kong
Certified Financial Planner and personal finance journalist
Dolores is a long-time treasurer of the AAJA New England chapter and is a Certified Financial Planner at Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc. Before becoming a financial planner, Dolores had a distinguished career as a reporter at the Boston Globe, winning the the George Polk Award. She was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in public service. Dolores is also an avid hiker, co-authoring with her husband of two guides to Acadia National Park. The couple has been recognized by the Appalachian Mountain Club for hiking the 100 highest mountains of New England; Dolores is the first Asian American woman known to have climbed the 100 Highest.

Shirley Leung
Vice President of Print
Assistant Managing Editor/Business, The Boston Globe
Shirley has been an editor at The Boston Globe since 2004. She oversaw the Sunday business section and retail, travel, and consumer coverage before becoming the Globe’s Business Editor in May 2007. Previously, she was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Shirley is a member of the Globe’s Diversity Council and The New York Times Co.’s Diversity Council. She has also served on several AAJA boards and is a 2003 graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program.

Sangita Lee Chandra
Vice President of Broadcast
Producer, WCVB TV, Boston
Sangita Lee Chandra is an Emmy-winning producer-reporter for “Chronicle” and “CityLine” on WCVB TV Channel 5 (ABC). She is a general assignment journalist who especially enjoys producing people profile, travel, and science stories. She is an AAJA New England Board Member at Large, was New England Chapter president from 2002 to 2004, and was co-chair of the 2009 AAJA National Convention.

Veronica Chao
Vice President of Professional Development and Student Programs
Assistant Editor, The Boston Globe Magazine
Veronica is assistant editor at The Boston Globe magazine. She joined the Globe in 2007 as editor of the Globe’s City Weekly section, and before that she served as editor of the biweekly city magazine The Improper Bostonian. She moved to Boston from Washington, D.C., where she was executive editor of the travel magazine Destinations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and is an Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence (ASPIRE) mentor.

Brian Wong
Vice President of Membership
News Editor, ESPN
Brian joined ESPN in 2003 as a News Editor after working 13 years in sports at the San Diego Union-Tribune. He was formerly the treasurer of San Diego’s AAJA chapter.

Daigo Fujiwara
Vice President of Multimedia
Web Developer, Harvard Business Review
Daigo previously worked at The Boston Globe, Bostonworks.com, the Christian Science Monitor, Inc. magazine, and Fast Company magazine.  He has won multiple awards from The Society of News Design for his print and online work.

Website Administration:
Daigo Fujiwara

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