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Lori Matsukawa inducted into the Silver Circle

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Longtime KING5 anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder has been inducted in the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Silver Circle includes a group of standout media professionals who have started their careers at least 25 years ago and have made a significant contribution to both the television industry and their communities.

Lori’s contributions for AAJA Seattle and the Asian American journalist community are numerous. She has mentored countless young journalists who are now in successful careers of their own. She play an instrumental role in the launch of the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, which has helped fund the journalism studies of more than 130 students since its inception in 1986.

Earlier this week, Lori was the keynote speaker at the annual Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception. Here a snippet of her speech:

When aspiring journalists ask me what it takes to be a journalist — the answer doesn’t involve what apps you use (though that helps) or how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter (though that helps, too). Rather, what it takes — is entirely within yourself.  Your attitude, your determination, your willingness to try and try again. 

Lori has been a living example of this in her long and amazing career. All of us at AAJA Seattle are inspired by Lori daily.

Lori and the other Silver and Gold Circle inductees were recognized in a special reception Friday night and will also be recognized during the 2014 Northwest Emmy Awards. A live stream of the Awards can be found here and starts at 4 p.m. this evening.

Congrats, Lori!

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AAJA Seattle radio and television members win awards

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Susan Han

Congratulations to Susan Han, a senior producer for the Seattle Channel, who received two regional Emmy awards.

Her weekly Seattle Channel public affairs program, City Inside/Out, was recognized in two categories – political/government program and interview/discussion program.

Han is a 2007 graduate of the AAJA Executive Leadership Program in New York City and co-chaired the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship fund-raising campaign with me that same year. Prior to joining The Seattle Channel, Han worked at KCTS, the PBS affiliate in Seattle.

And congratulations to KBCS 91.3 FM in Bellevue on winning the 2010 Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) national journalism award in the category of Radio-AAPI Issues!

Joaquin Uy

Past KBCS producer Irene Noguchi and KBCS News & Public Affairs Director Joaquin Uy won awards for excellence in news coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues for a story that originally aired in April 2009. The story looked at the challenges facing unemployed AAPI senior citizens looking for work in the Great Recession and how they get help from the Seattle-based National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, which received a $1.6 million federal job-training grant.

You can listen to the story by going to http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer and scrolling down.

Joaquin Uy is a long-time AAJA member and supporter of the Seattle chapter. If you haven’t contributed to their pledge drives, please keep them in mind in your charitable giving this year! Another AAJA connection: Former AAJA Seattle chapter president Derek Wing is director of communications for NAPCA.

Sanjay Bhatt is president of AAJA’s Seattle chapter. He is also a reporter for The Seattle Times.

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National editors’ group recognizes AAJA members

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AAJA Seattle member Nicole Tsong has been named one of this year’s Diversity Fellows by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. The fellowship is awarded to journalists of color who specialize in features coverage to attend the AASFE annual conference, which takes place in Houston this October. As one of five fellows, Nicole will meet other journalists who specialize in lifestyles coverage and hear about what other features sections are doing. Congrats can be sent to ntsong@seattletimes.com.

The national association also recognized AAJA Seattle member Karen Gaudette in this year’s Excellence in Feature Writing contest. She received an honorable mention in feature specialty reporting for a collection of stories. Congratulations can be sent to kgaudette@seattletimes.com.

Don’t forget to keep AAJA abreast of your news! Let us know if you’ve received an award or honor by e-mailing info@aajaseattle.org.

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