San Francisco Bay Area Chapter leadership
The AAJA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter board is elected by its members. The board meets regularly to plan activities, programs and fundraisers as well as discuss issues relevant to the chapter and our members. For information about the next board meeting, contact email@example.com. Board meeting minutes are available to chapter members upon request.
HARRY MOK, President
Harry has journalism degrees from San Jose State and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
JANA KATSUYAMA, Vice President
Jana Katsuyama joined KTVU as a reporter in 2007 and became part of the Ten o’clock News team in 2012. During her time at KTVU, Jana has won multiple Emmy awards and her investigation into paper automobile dealer plate loopholes led to an Assembly bill that changed California’s license plate laws so new cars no longer can be on the road without a license plate.
Before working at KTVU, Jana was an anchor and reporter at the ABC affiliate WDTN in Dayton, Ohio. She began her career at the NBC affiliate KBJR in Duluth, Minn.
Before entering journalism, Jana worked as an international relations coordinator for the Hiroshima YMCA Medical College in Yonago, Japan. She also was selected to teach English in Japan through the Japanese Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Education’s JET Program.
Jana is originally from Dayton and graduated with honors from Oberlin College with a double major in English Literature and East Asian Studies.
STEPHANIE LIN, Vice President
Bay Area native Stephanie Lin is an award-winning TV journalist. She currently anchors and spearheads special reports at KRON in San Francisco. She is the recipient of two Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her breaking news reports and coverage of AAPI community issues out of our state capital.
Stephanie is also recognized by the Associated Press as Best Reporter for her work reporting from the frontlines of California’s deadliest wildfire. She is a Diversity Leadership Fellow with the Society of Professional Journalists.
Fun fact: Stephanie was crowned Miss Asian America in 2015.
Stephanie also previously oversaw marketing initiatives for top tech and gaming startups in the Bay Area. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Merlin, and playing video games, ballroom dancing and finding the best places to eat in her (limited :]) spare time. She is a proud UC Berkeley grad.
MJ JOHNSON, Secretary
MJ Johnson is a documentary filmmaker and visual journalist who has been involved with AAJA since her college years. In graduate school, she chaired the AAJA UC Berkeley Chapter, which she organized with a small group of AAPI journalists to advocate for more representation in faculty and the student body.
MJ works as a documentary film editor and in feature film production. She previously contributed as a local reporter to KQED, the San Francisco Examiner, The Oaklandside and The Oregonian where she covered stories on racial justice, identity, gender equity and the complex history of California’s diverse communities.
MJ received her journalism education at San Francisco State University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She was born and raised in Japan and immigrated as a teenager to the U.S.
ROLAND LI, Treasurer
Roland Li is a business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, focusing on commercial real estate, technology and the future of the city’s downtown.
Born in Beijing, Roland immigrated to the U.S. when he was 2 and grew up on the East Coast. After briefly studying pre-med at New York University, he switched to journalism after covering New York’s vibrant music scene.
Roland has lived in the Bay Area since 2015. He previously reported for the San Francisco Business Times and freelanced for the Wall Street Journal. He wrote the first comprehensive history book of competitive video gaming, “Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports.”
He enjoys traveling to cities around the world, swimming and photography.
HAYDEN KIM, Board Member
Hayden Kim is the social manager at Bleacher Report. He is a proud graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and the Sports Journalism Institute.
Hayden was born and raised in Eugene, Ore., and has also lived in Atlanta and now the Bay Area.
His favorite sports teams are the Oregon Ducks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hayden’s goal with the AAJA San Francisco Chapter: help give back to the AAPI community and ensure that the next generation of journalism and media professionals has the tools and resources to continue our mission of increasing representation.
HAN LI Board Member
Han Li is an Asian American communities reporter for The San Francisco Standard. As one of the few journalists in the industry with a dedicated role covering the Asian American community, AAJA has long been a source of Han’s sense of belonging.
From ethnic press to mainstream media, Han focuses his storytelling on the non-English-speaking immigrant community, explaining community issues and cultural phenomena to a broader audience.
Han was born and raised in China and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, with a journalism degree and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
KEVIN TRUONG Board Member
Kevin Truong has been active in AAJA since he had the opportunity in college to take part in the Voices fellowship at the National Convention. He has since served as a mentor for AAJA’s inaugural JCal program with CalMatters for high school journalists. He is excited about providing community and connection for the next generation of journalists through the organization.
Kevin is the business editor of The San Francisco Standard. He was previously a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Business Times, where he covered commercial real estate, biotech and the innovation economy.
A proud UCLA graduate, Kevin cut his teeth at the Daily Bruin student newspaper and news organizations like the Christian Science Monitor, NBC Los Angeles and Marketplace before making his way north to the City by the Bay.
ERIN WOO, Board Member
Erin Woo has been an AAJA member since college at Stanford. She was one of the inaugural grantees San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s Rising with the Tides program to support freelance storytellers.
Erin now covers social media companies as a reporter at The Information. Previously, she covered startups at The New York Times and local news at the Mercury News and New York Public Radio.
She grew up in Atlanta and received a communications degree from Stanford University, where she was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. She lives in San Francisco.