AAPI Women

Asian American Women in the Media


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In observance of Women’s History Month, we spotlight the remarkable contributions of Asian American women in the media — a sector where they’ve not only provided depth and diversity but also championed the narratives of underrepresented communities. These trailblazers exemplify the values that Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC holds dear: striving for a fair and equitable society, rooted in the dreams of immigrants and the promise of opportunity.

Connie Chung

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Connie Chung, an icon in the realm of broadcast journalism, has been a trailblazer for Asian American women and a symbol of breaking glass ceilings in a predominantly male-dominated broadcasting industry. Born in Washington, D.C. to Chinese immigrant parents, Chung’s journey into the annals of American media history is not just a personal achievement but a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless individuals who see themselves reflected in her success.

Chung’s illustrious career began in the early 1970s when she entered the world of television journalism. Over the decades, she climbed the ranks, breaking barriers and setting records. In 1993, she made history as the first Asian American and only the second woman ever to co-anchor CBS Evening News, a role that placed her at the pinnacle of network television news.

Throughout her career, Chung covered many significant events and conducted numerous high-profile interviews, which have become hallmarks of her journalistic prowess. Her notable interviews include conversations with tennis legend Martina Navratilova about her sexuality, a revealing dialogue with Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder on women’s roles in politics and the military, and an intimate discussion with Magic Johnson following his HIV diagnosis.

Her ability to navigate complex narratives with empathy, yet with a critical eye, has made her a respected figure in journalism. Chung’s contributions go beyond her on-screen presence; she has been a mentor and a role model for young journalists, especially Asian American women who aspire to carve out their own paths in the media industry.

Lisa Ling

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Inspired by media pioneers like Connie Chung, Lisa Ling has made significant impacts in journalism with her courageous and insightful narratives. Born to a Taiwanese mother and a Chinese father, Ling’s distinctive upbringing profoundly shaped her viewpoints, motivating her to delve into often overlooked stories.

Beginning her career in journalism at the age of 16 as the host of Scratch, a nationally syndicated teen news show, Ling quickly rose through the ranks. By the age of 18, she was one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, and by 25, she had become the network’s senior war correspondent. Ling is perhaps best known for her role in CNN’s “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” where she delved into American subcultures and communities frequently disregarded by the mainstream media, offering stories that changed perspectives and enriched public comprehension.

Covering a wide array of topics from the hidden intricacies of gang life to the varied expressions of spirituality across America, Ling’s commitment to social justice and her pursuit of understanding the complex tapestry of human experiences have not only garnered her widespread acclaim but have also established her as a leading figure in documentary journalism.

Ann Curry

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With a career spanning more than three decades, Ann Curry has become a familiar face as a former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show and a correspondent for the network. Her compassionate reporting on human suffering and global crises has brought international issues into the homes of her viewers, showcasing the profound impact of empathetic journalism.

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, Curry’s unique background has informed her global perspective and fueled her passion for reporting on issues that bridge cultural and geographical divides. Whether covering wars, natural disasters, or political upheavals, she has consistently demonstrated an unparalleled ability to convey the stories of individuals affected by these events with dignity and sensitivity.

Curry’s reporting has taken her to the heart of some of the most challenging and dangerous situations around the world. From the front lines of conflict zones to the aftermath of catastrophic natural disasters, she has not shied away from going where stories lead her, all while maintaining a focus on the human aspect of these tragedies. Her interviews and stories have served to humanize the abstract and often overwhelming nature of global crises, making them accessible and relatable to her audience.

Juju Chang

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An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Juju Chang is currently a co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” With her compelling storytelling and dedication to uncovering truth, Chang has brought to light a range of critical issues, from human rights abuses to the complexities of identity and race in America.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, Chang’s unique perspective has been a driving force in her approach to journalism. Her career at ABC News has spanned over two decades, during which she has consistently pushed the boundaries of traditional reporting. Chang’s work covers a broad spectrum of topics, with a particular focus on human rights abuses, the complexities of identity and race in America, and the intricate dynamics of social justice issues.

One of Chang’s most notable contributions is her in-depth reporting on the nuances of the Asian American experience. Through her thoughtful coverage, she has brought critical conversations about identity, prejudice, and assimilation into the mainstream discourse, fostering a greater understanding among diverse audiences. Her stories go beyond mere reporting; they engage, question, and seek to make a meaningful impact, aligning closely with the mission of advancing civil and human rights.

Her dedication to exploring the intricacies of social issues has not gone unnoticed. Chang’s ability to connect with her subjects on a human level, coupled with her journalistic rigor, has resulted in compelling narratives that highlight the struggles and triumphs of marginalized communities. Through her lens, viewers are introduced to the multifaceted realities of individuals often left out of the national conversation, thereby fostering empathy and driving social change.

Elaine Quijano

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In 2016, Quijano stepped onto the national stage as the first Asian American to moderate a vice presidential debate. This historic event, featuring candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, was not just a personal achievement for Quijano but a milestone moment for Asian American representation in political journalism. Her role as moderator in such a high-stakes environment underscored the critical importance of diversity in media, especially in contexts that shape public opinion and democracy. Quijano’s handling of the debate, with poise and meticulous preparation, was widely praised.

As Quijano continues to make her mark, her legacy serves as a reminder of the power of media to bridge divides and bring diverse perspectives to the forefront of American discourse.


Although Women’s History Month has now ended, we will continue to celebrate these remarkable women who have utilized their voices to share pivotal stories and foster diversity and inclusion in the realm of media.

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