momo chang



Journalism experience

Content Manager – Edit and write stories about independent films, documentaries and actors for the Center for Asian American Media. Manage website social media accounts. November 2013-current

Freelance writer, editor and producer – write news and feature stories for the East Bay Express, Wired, Fusion, Hyphen and TakePart, among others. Reported for The New York Times. Contributing editor and writer at Hyphen, an Asian American arts, politics and cultural magazine. Produce radio and documentary film. Writer for Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story (in production) and co-producer of feature documentary Enforcing the Silence (2010). March 2008-current

Oakland Tribune – covered Asian American issues and Chinatown as a staff writer; formerly an intern. July 2005-March 2008

Voice of Witness – oral history books about human rights issues, an affiliate of McSweeney’s publishing. Worked on one book about the wrongfully incarcerated (Surviving Justice) and another on Hurricane Katrina (Voices from the Storm), serving as an intern and then advisor to the projects. June 2006-December 2006

San Francisco Bay Guardian – news intern, reporting with staff writers and writing own news, arts & entertainment and business stories. Continued as freelance writer. January 2005-May 2006

Asian American Dreams (Farrar Straus Giroux 2000) – research assistant to award-winning journalist Helen Zia. August 1999-January 2000

Daily Californian and hardboiled – contributor at the Daily Cal and writer and culture editor at hardboiled, an Asian/Pacific Islander student newsmagazine at the University of California at Berkeley. August 1996-May 2000

Other experience

High School English and Social Studies teacher, Cambridge Ridge and Latin High School (student teaching) and Oakland Technical High School. June 2001-June 2004


MA in Education and teaching credential in English, Harvard Graduate School of Education. June 2001-June 2002

BA in English and Mass Communications, University of California at Berkeley. Highest distinction in Mass Communications. August 1996-May 2000

Awards and Honors

Freelance Journalism Awards for news reporting and writing for “Lost in Translation” in the East Bay Express (2nd place). 2014

California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship at USC. 2014

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month featured journalist at the Maynard Institute. May 2, 2013

New America Media CA Education Fellowship which included two days of training, workshops and discussions in Sacramento with seven other ethnic media journalists in CA. Story to be published in Hyphen and New America Media. November 2012

Two Asian American Journalists Association National Awards in the categories of AAPI Issues Radio and AAPI Issues Online for “The Toxic Truth About Nail Salons” and “Motherhood Rooted.” August 2012

Excellence in Journalism Award for Investigative Radio “The Toxic Truth About Nail Salons” from the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter in the “Investigative audio/radio non-daily” category. October 2011

Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings Color Me Nontoxic” article included in most recent edition of women’s studies textbook (McGraw-Hill). August 2011.

Rosenberg Foundation and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism grant recipient, for covering story about undocumented Asian and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. $2,000. April 2011

Changing Face of America Fellow, intensive institute for journalists covering immigration, at the University of California at Berkeley (now called New York Times Fellow) . November 2010

Ida B. Wells Journalist for Justice Award from the Center for Media Justice for coverage of police investigation of teen homicide. 2007

Cultural Affairs Reporting Award, focusing on Asian American communities, 3rd place, East Bay Press Club Excellence in Print Journalism Awards 2006

Short Features Award “The Quake Was Only the Beginning, 3rd place, East Bay Press Club Excellence in Print Journalism Awards 2006

National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Award winner for “Locked Up Potential,” for a story about a formerly incarcerated foster youth who blossomed under a mentoring program. 2006

AAJA/Chicago Tribune Print & New Media Internship Grant 2005




Society of Professional Journalists

references available upon request