AAJA Chicago is run by a volunteer board of AAPI journalists in Chicago who are dedicated to creating a more inclusive and just news environment. Board members serve a year-long term. Every November, AAJA Chicago opens the election for board positions of the next year.
As our director of three years, Yiwen Lu, leaves Chicago we are seeking a new communications director, starting June 2023. Nominate yourself or another member by writing to email@example.com by May 31. LEARN MORE DETAILS.
Jessica Kim Cohen
Jessica Kim Cohen is a health technology and biotechnology reporter and Chicago native. She currently covers precision medicine at GenomeWeb, part of Crain Communications, and previously was a technology beat reporter at Modern Healthcare magazine. She’s been published in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Health Magazine, Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore magazine, among other local news outlets. She’s been a member of AAJA Chicago’s board since 2021. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKimCohen.
Siri Chilukuri is a writer and journalist based in Chicago. She was a fellow at Floodlight News, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates the powerful interests stalling climate action. Additionally, she’s worked in newsrooms across Chicago such as City Bureau, the Illinois Answers Project and Block Club Chicago.
Her freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from Grist, WBEZ, The Guardian, Teen Vogue to gal-dem, and Atmos Magazine. Her work focuses primarily on climate change, cities, culture and labor. She’s interested in discovering how people are building solidarity to combat the impacts of a warming world. Follow her on Twitter at @schilukuri1.
Amy Qin is currently a data reporter at WBEZ. Aside from WBEZ, she’s been published in the Chicago Reader, Block Club Chicago, Injustice Watch, and In These Times. She was the recipient of AAJA Chicago’s 2021 David Ibata Print Scholarship. Follow her on Twitter at @amyqin12.
Ariel Cheung is the food and travel editor at the Chicago Tribune. She previously worked as the dining editor for CS magazine and as a reporter for DNAinfo Chicago, and has written for Plate magazine, Chicago magazine, Block Club Chicago, Time Out, Thrillist, Chalkbeat and USA TODAY. Her work in Chicago has sent her everywhere from the Cubs World Series parade and the city’s finest restaurants to crime scenes and teacher picket lines. She has been a member of AAJA Chicago since the organization’s college internship program first brought her to Chicago to work for the Sun-Times in 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @arielfab.
Yiwen Lu is a student journalist based in Chicago. Most recently, she was the managing editor of The Chicago Maroon, the independent student newspaper at UChicago. Previously, she worked at The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Charlotte Observer and NBC Chicago. She was the recipient of the Chicago Headline Club Foundation’s Les Brownlee Memorial Scholarship in 2022. Yiwen has been a member of AAJA Chicago since 2020. Follow her on Twitter at @itsyiwenlu.
Elisa Xu is a media and misinformation analyst at NewsGuard, an organization dedicated to rating the credibility of news sites and tracking online misinformation. She was previously a fellow at Business Insider and has freelanced with publications including South Side Weekly and Native News Online. She graduated from Northwestern University’s graduate journalism program in 2022, where she specialized in magazine journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @ElisaXu7.