In 2015, AAJA Seattle has reached 30 years as a chapter. Over the last three decades, AAJA Seattle has organized dozens of programs and provided dozens of scholarships toward fulfilling the organization’s three-prong mission of increasing Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers, ensuring fair coverage of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and encouraging young AAPIs to enter the industry.
AAJA Seattle has planned a number of events and other features to celebrate this special milestone.
The celebration starts now with AAJA Seattle’s 30th Anniversary video series. Every month during the remainder of this year, the chapter will post video interviews with key members of the chapter.
For the first segment, Natasha Chen, AAJA Seattle vice president of events and KIRO 7 reporter, interview chapter co-founder and KING 5 anchor Lori Matsukawa. Lori talks about the early meetings of the chapter, how the chapter impacted the local journalism industry and the formation of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship.
Congratulations to KING5 anchor Lori Matsukawa, who was just inducted into the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Lori co-founded the Seattle chapter of AAJA, has mentored countless aspiring Asian American broadcast journalists and been a guardian angel of our chapter. AAJA congratulated Lori with a full-page program ad at the regional Emmy dinner on June 7.
The AAJA Seattle chapter and AAJA members around the country bought this ad together.
Congratulations Lori! You totally deserved it. (And it’s about time.)
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AAJA Seattle also thanks TJ Mullinax, an online news producer for Good Fruit Grower in Yakima, for volunteering his time to design the ad.
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.
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.