AAJA Chicago Officers

Nader Issa, President

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Nader Issa is a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, lately reporting on education. He has covered everything from crime, police shootings and high-profile court cases to sports and Chicago alligator hunts. Nader has been a member of AAJA since 2016, attending four national conventions since he joined. Follow him on Twitter at @NaderDIssa.

Ariel Cheung, Vice President

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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.

Taylor Moore, Secretary-Treasurer

Taylor Moore is a freelance reporter who has written for The Guardian, VICE, CityLab, Literary Hub, Jacobin, The A.V. Club, In These Times, Chicago Reader and Curbed Chicago. She is the vice president of programming for the Chicago Headline Club and has been a member of AAJA Chicago since 2019. Follow her on Twitter at @taylormooresays.

Yiwen Lu, Communications Director

Yiwen Lu is a student journalist based in Chicago. She is a deputy news editor at The Chicago Maroon, the independent student newspaper at UChicago. She also covers local politics at South Side Weekly and contributes to The Gate. She has been a member of AAJA Chicago since the beginning of 2020. Follow her on Twitter @itsyiwenlu.

Jessica Kim Cohen, Membership Director

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.

Sandy Tang, Partnerships Director

Sandy Tang is a product owner who is a strong believer and advocate of diversity and inclusion. Sandy has been involved with the Asian American community, most recently as the chair of the Asian American business resource group at CDW and as the marketing chair for the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Her plans for 2021 include widening AAJA Chicago’s reach and engagement with both journalists and the Asian American community and forging strong partnerships with other local organizations.