The Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association was formed in 1989 by Linda Yu, an ABC-7 news anchor, and David Ibata, a former Chicago Tribune editor. The chapter presents a variety of journalism-related activities, the most important of which are designed to help prepare young journalists for a successful career in the news media. It also promotes diversity programs, offers career advice, works with other journalist organizations, and encourages networking among AAJA members nationwide.
Lorene Yue is a former reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she covered higher education, consumer products and restaurants. She has been a business reporter for the Chicago Tribune, covering retail and personal finance. In addition, Lorene has worked for the Detroit Free Press, the Kansas City Star and the (Hamilton, Ohio) Journal-News. She is a fan of Rock Band and Ultimate Frisbee.
Wailin Wong – Editor, The Distance
Wailin is the editor of The Distance, a recently launched online business magazine. The Distance, which is sponsored by Chicago-based software company Basecamp, features in-depth profiles of privately held businesses that have been in operation for at least 25 years.
Before joining Basecamp to launch The Distance, Wailin spent six years as a business reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where she covered consumer technology and local startups. She started her career writing about Latin American financial markets and economies for Dow Jones Newswires in Buenos Aires and New York.
Wailin is a native of the Chicago suburbs and has a BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Sally Ho – Reporter, Associated Press
Sally is a reporter with the Associated Press in Las Vegas. She was formerly a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where she covered the northwest suburbs with a focus on schools. For the weekly TribLocal section, Sally wrote about everything from breaking news to local government and also helped manage coverage for a zone.
Previously, Sally was a suburban reporter at The Oregonian in Portland and a wire service reporter covering breaking news overnight at the Chicago Sun-Times. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and loves to brag about winning eating contests in college.