Ying Chan

Ying Chan established The University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre in September 1999. She set up the first professional postgraduate journalism programme in Hong Kong and launched Hong Kong’s first fellowships for working journalists.

Ying’s honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. She taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and was on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has written for Hong Kong and US publications, including The Nation magazine, Village Voice, Ming Pao and The Hong Kong Economic Journal. She has reported for 60 Minutes, NBC News with Tom Brokaw and Dateline. Her 1995 prize-winning documentary, ‘Snakeheads: People Smuggling and the Modern Slave Trade’, was showcased at the Amsterdam and Tokyo film festivals and has aired widely in the United States.