Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Founding President, ICJA
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian covers China and international affairs for Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC. Bethany’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and she has appeared as a commentator on numerous television and radio outlets, including CNN International, BBC's The World, PRI, Al Jazeera America, and ABC Radio. She was a two-time reporting fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii. Before joining FP, Bethany lived and worked in China for more than four years. Bethany holds an M.A. in East Asian studies from Yale University and a graduate certificate from the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. Bethany speaks and reads Chinese fluently.
Ana Swanson, Founding Vice President, ICJA
Ana Swanson writes about trade and international economics for The New York Times. She previously covered trade, economics and the Federal Reserve for the Washington Post. Before that, she served as the editor-in-chief of China Economic Review magazine and has written articles for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Forbes, CNN, and other publications. She has an M.A. in International Relations with a concentration in International Economics and China Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Northwestern University. Ana worked and studied in China from 2004 to 2013.
Matt Schiavenza, Founding Vice President, ICJA
Matt Schiavenza is the senior content manager at Asia Society, where he oversees all editorial content for the organization's global and New York websites. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, where he previously served as editor of the China Channel, and has published articles in The New Republic, Fortune, the Daily Beast and other publications. From 2004 to 2010, he lived in three cities across China and worked as a research analyst, teacher and freelance writer. Matt has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from University of California, San Diego.
Zhaoyin Feng, Awards Contest Assistant, ICJA
Zhaoyin Feng is the U.S. Correspondent of Initium Media, a Hong Kong-based online media focusing on in-depth investigative journalism. She previously worked as the DC reporter of World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the U.S. She is also the Chinese language consultant of House of Cards Season 5. Born and raised Guangzhou, Zhaoyin received education in China, Taiwan, Italy and the U.S. She holds an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University.
Kecheng Fang, Awards Contest Assistant, ICJA
Kecheng Fang (方可成) is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include political communication and journalism, mainly in the Chinese context. He has published papers in academic journals including New Media & Society, Journal of Contemporary China, and Media Asia. Before coming to the U.S., Kecheng worked as a political journalist at Southern Weekly (南方周末) for three years. He has appeared in media including BBC, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, and Politico, commenting on issues related to news media and Chinese politics. Previously, he studied at Peking University in China and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Melissa Chan, Awards Contest Assistant, ICJA
Melissa Chan is a reporter currently working with The New York Times on a series of special projects focusing on technology, democracy, and global affairs and how these forces impact ordinary people. She is also a collaborator with the Global Reporting Centre. Previously, she worked for Al Jazeera America, covering stories on social justice, the economy, the environment, and the rural American West. With Al Jazeera English, she served as China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012 for the channel's reports. Her work has received a number of awards, including two Human Rights Press Awards, the Asian Television Award, and a nod from the Overseas Press Club. She has also reported from Cuba, Canada, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza. She is a graduate of Yale University and also has an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.
Shannon Tiezzi, Founding Vice President, ICJA
Shannon Tiezzi is managing editor at The Diplomat. Her main focus is on China, and she writes on China’s foreign relations, domestic politics, and economy. Shannon previously served as a research associate at the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, where she hosted the weekly television show China Forum. She received her M.A. from Harvard University and her B.A. from The College of William and Mary. Shannon has also studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Helen Gao, Awards Contest Assistant and Founding Member, ICJA
Helen holds a masters degree in East Asian studies at Harvard University. Prior to starting her master's program, she worked at The Atlantic magazine as an editorial assistant, and as a freelance writer in Beijing for Chinese and English language media, covering Chinese social media, cultural trends, and education. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and Prospect Magazine. She is a native of Beijing, and attended high school and college in the United States.
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