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Longtime Seattle journalist Alex Tizon dies

Alex Tizon (Photo by the University of Oregon.)

Sad news to hear that longtime Seattle journalist Alex Tizon died Thursday night at age 57. Mr. Tizon, who was born in the Philippines and immigrated as a young child with his family, was a reporter at the Seattle Times for 17 years, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on a federal housing program for Native Americans. He also was Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2003 to 2008 and wrote “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self,” about Asian male identity.

Since 2011, he had been a journalism professor at University of Oregon.

Our condolences go out to Alex Tizon’s family, friends and colleagues.

The Seattle Times posted a news obituary on Saturday night.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue. Flowers may be sent to the church, or donations can be made to the Asian American Journalists Association.

Correction: the original headline on this post incorrectly stated Alex Tizon’s age. This post also added information on Alex Tizon’s memorial service.

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Applications open for the 2017 KIRO-TV/NJC Internship

Deadline: March 24, 2017

In partnership with the Northwest Journalists of Color, KIRO 7 will offer one recipient the opportunity to be an Intern for the KIRO 7 News Department for summer 2017.

An Internship at KIRO 7 provides the opportunity to be embedded in the news environment to learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of a TV and digital newsroom. Interns will assist the producers in researching stories and writing show scripts. Interns will also have the opportunity to accompany KIRO 7 news crews in the field on occasion. In addition to learning in the newsroom, this intern will be able to meet people from other departments to understand the business of the television station as a whole. The program is open to college students.

The intern will be selected by a three-judge panel, including members of the KIRO 7 news staff and NJC program volunteers.

Click here to download the application.

Internship Requirements:

  1. The student must be registered at a University, College, Community College or Vocational-Technical Institute.
  2. The student should have junior or senior status, or be in the last year of a Community College or Vocational-Technical program.
  3. All internships require 20-30 hours per week covering a period of 10-16 weeks, depending on the school’s quarter or semester length. The internship starts in June.
  4. While KIRO 7 considers the Internship program format valuable in observing the student’s attitude, talents, and skills, it is understood that no guarantees are given for future employment.
  5. Students will only be offered an Internship after completing a pre-employment drug and background screening.
  6. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required upon employment.
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Meet AAJA Seattle’s newest board members

This post is long overdue, but AAJA Seattle is happy to announce its new board members!

Corinne Chin, Interim National Advisory Board Representative

Corinne Chin, Seattle National Advisory Board Representative

Corinne Chin is a video editor at The Seattle Times, where she works with a dynamic photo staff to film and edit short documentary films and compelling visual stories.

Before joining The Seattle Times in 2014, Corinne was a freelance video journalist reporting in Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; São Paulo, Brazil; and more. A Chicago native, Corinne also taught fine art photography and documentary film to underprivileged teens on the city’s West and South Sides. Corinne earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine writing and a master’s in video journalism from Northwestern University, winning a Midwest Emmy for her master’s capstone, a documentary on an ex-gang member fighting gun violence in North Lawndale, Chicago. Her work has also been recognized by several other groups, including the National Press Photographers Association, the Illinois Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the GroundTruth Project. She has lent her skills as a coach for the Story Arc cinematic journalism workshop.

AAJA Seattle’s National Advisory Board Representative represents the Seattle chapter at national board meetings.

Patranya Bhoolsuwan and Michelle Li, Co-Vice Presidents of Events

Patranya Bhoolsuwan and Michelle Li, Co-VPs of Events.

Patranya Bhoolsuwan and Michelle Li, Co-VPs of Events.

Patranya Bhoolsuwan is a reporter at KIRO-TV. Before coming to Seattle, Patranya was a reporter and weekend anchor at KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. It was there where she won the title of “Best Reporter” by the Nevada Association of Broadcasters. She also earned an Emmy award for her investigative news series on the bullying epidemic in Las Vegas public schools.

Patranya has also worked as anchor and reporter in Redding, Reno, and Washington DC. She started her journalism career as a writer/producer at KRON-TV in San Francisco.

Patranya was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She grew up a diplomatic brat and traveled around the world with her family. She moved to the U.S. to pursue her dreams of becoming a reporter. Patranya graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in communications and political science.

Michelle Li is a journalist at KING5. Previously she worked as the primary anchor for stations in Wisconsin, the Coastal Carolinas and Southwest Missouri.

Michelle is a modern television journalist who is known for interactivity work. Google often showcases her unique livestreams in newsrooms across the country.

She has received 8 regional Emmy awards, including 4 consecutive ones for interactivity in the Chicago and Nashville markets. She’s received multiple Emmy nominations and awards for her reports on synthetic marijuana, deadly tornadoes, foster care concerns, women’s reproductive health, national scams and distracted driving.  In 2012, she was named Anchor of the Year for the Carolinas by the state broadcasting association. And, she’s earned 3 regional Edward R. Murrow awards — two for writing and one for feature reporting, including a national Murrow for feature reporting.

Michelle is a Korean adoptee who spent many summers volunteering with adoptive families and in orphanages in Seoul. She also started a television program in Missouri to help foster kids find permanent solutions. For that, Congress honored her work with an Angels in Adoption Award. She later returned to Washington, D.C. as a guest speaker at the National Press Club on behalf of Holt International.

Michelle grew up in a rural area near Kansas City and studied journalism at the University of Kansas.  She loves to volunteer, cook and spend time outside with family.  Michelle’s husband Jim is also an Emmy-award winning journalist who now works as a mobile developer for a news corporation. Together they have two big breed dogs named Minnie and Piper.  And Michelle played a reporter in the movie “Tammy” and on the TV show “The Following.”

AAJA Seattle’s VPs of Events plan fundraising and outreach events such as the annual AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year and the AAJA Seattle Chef Showcase.

AAJA Seattle Chapter Board, left to right: Venice Buhain, president; Patranya Bhoolsuwan, co-VP of events; Shirley Qiu, secretary; Corinne Chin, national advisory board representative; Michelle Li, co-VP of events; Sarah Wallace, treasurer. Not pictured: Jovelle Tamayo, VP of Programs

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Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with AAJA Seattle – Jan. 21. 2017

AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year Banquet (1)

Make some noise for the year of the rooster, with the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association!

Each year, AAJA Seattle holds this banquet and silent auction to celebrate the start of a new year. It’s a time to eat together, watch performances, and kick off another year of programming.

Silent auction proceeds will go toward the chapter’s general fund. This year, the banquet will be held in Seattle at China Harbor.


You don’t have to be a journalist or Asian to attend, so please, encourage your friends and colleagues to attend. The more the merrier!

Discounted pre-sale tickets will be available until Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. After that, tickets at the door will be $50 ($25 for students), so get your tickets early and save!

China Harbor offers FREE PARKING in the lot in front of the restaurant.


China Harbor Appetizer Plate
Seafood hot and sour soup
Spicy salt and peppered prawns
General Tso’s chicken
Pork chop in Peking Sauce
Broccoli beef
Kung pao cabbage
Chicken fried rice
Steamed fish filet with wine sauce
Seasonal fresh fruit

Get your tickets

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday Jan 21, 2017
WHERE: China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
TICKETS: Presale: $30 for AAJA/SPJ members, $40 General Admission, $25 Students/Children | $50 day-of/at the door.

Get your tickets at


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Join us for Dim Sum Saturday on Oct. 22

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Come join us at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at Joyale Restaurant at 900 S. Jackson Street in the International District inside the Pacific Rim Center. Please note the time change.

As always, friends, co-workers, former co-workers, significant others, kids, out-of-town guests, etc… more than welcome.

This will be the last Dim Sum Saturday of the year, as we break for the holidays.

We’ll all split the check, so please bring cash. Dim sum typically runs about $10-$15 per person — though we’ve been as high as $20 a person when the group has been especially hungry.

Please RSVP to the Facebook event page, so we can keep a rough headcount and know how big of a table to reserve. Hope to see you there!

Please share this event with anyone who might be interested in joining us!

We’re changing the time because the chapter board is meeting at 10 a.m. at Eastern Cafe, 510 Maynard Ave S. Please let us know if you plan to come to that meeting.

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