I've been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I used to get a kick out of spotting typos on billboards and would spend hours at the library devouring Highlights Magazine or playing dozens of rounds of Scrabble with my beloved dada. Somehow words quickly became my canvas. I was able to better see and understand the world around me through the written word.
Over the years, I have worked as a journalist, copywriter, editorial assistant, editor, and digital producer for various online, hyperlocal, and national news outlets and higher education institutions.
Previously, I served as assistant digital producer, site and social media editor for two seasons of the Emmy-award winning television show, "SoCal Connected" on KCET.
I have worked as a freelance journalist and contributor for NBC News and NBCUniversal, producing original reported news and features. I've produced on-camera Instagram Stories and have worked closely with freelance video producers for accompanying pieces.
I was recently nominated as a finalist for the SoCal Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club for Best "Personality Profile" for my NBC Asian America story on the Donut Man.
My bylines have appeared as press releases and original reported articles for NBC News, VICE (Broadly and Tonic), Southern California Public Radio, KCET, OC Weekly, LA Weekly, HelloGiggles, Yahoo News!, The Aerogram, India-West, Louisiana Weekly, Alhambra Source, New America Media, University of California, Irvine, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
The stories I've reported have connected me to inspiring, resilient people. I've interviewed organizations and courageous individuals who are working to combat human trafficking and recruit more foster parents to fill culture and language needs.
For NBC Asian America, I interviewed an actress who addressed racist trolls on the Internet, challenging the underrepresentation of diverse characters in theater and television. I learned about student-led organizations that are creating a safe space to break the stigma of mental and sexual health within AAPI communities. I also tried not to fangirl when I got to interview my childhood crush, Kev Nish, from Far East Movement.
I will never forget the faces I've met a long the way, or the stories that either broke my heart into a million pieces or gave me hope.
I will never forget the grieving mother who lost her son to a senseless drive-by shooting, the aspiring young childhood photographer who never let cancer define him; the nursing survivor who survived a mass shooting, or the fierce determination of a 14-year-old girl in Seattle who launched a petition at her middle school to make tampons and sanitary supplies free and available in all restrooms on campus.
There are so many stories yet to tell. I will always consider myself to be a storyteller. My next adventure is to continue to write impactful, compelling stories and pursue my dream of working in both philanthropy communications and education.