AAJA Chicago Officers

Jessica Kim Cohen, President

Jessica Kim Cohen is a technology reporter at Modern Healthcare, a healthcare industry magazine that’s part of Crain Communications. She’s been published in Chicago Reader, Chicago Health Magazine, Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore magazine, among other regional news outlets. She’s been a member of AAJA since 2020. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKimCohen.

Siri Chilukuri, Vice President

Siri Chilukuri is a writer and journalist based in Chicago. She’s a fellow at Floodlight, an environmental news collaborative that partners with local journalists and national news outlets to investigate the powerful interests holding back climate action. She previously worked at the Better Government Association and Block Club Chicago, where she wrote stories about local issues in Chicag

Amy Qin, Secretary-Treasurer

Amy Qin is a freelance reporter who has written for Block Club Chicago, Injustice Watch, South Side Weekly and the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Most recently, she was a recipient of AAJA Chicago’s David Ibata Print Scholarship and interned at Block Club Chicago. She’s been a member of AAJA since 2021. Follow her on Twitter at @amyqin12.

Ariel Cheung, Partnership Director


Ariel Cheung is the food and dining 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, Communications Director

Yiwen Lu is a student journalist based in Chicago. She is a news editor at The Chicago Maroon, the independent student newspaper at UChicago. Previously, she worked at The Charlotte Observer and NBC Chicago. Her work has been published in South Side Weekly, RADII, SupChina, among others. She has been a member of AAJA Chicago since 2020. Follow her on Twitter at @itsyiwenlu.