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Melissa Chan

18: August 2016

Melissa Chan is a national and foreign affairs broadcast reporter. From 2013 to 2016, she was a correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Before, she was a foreign correspondent for Al Jazeera English.


With Al Jazeera America, she focused on enterprise reporting — producing 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. During her tenure, she covered everything from the economy, politics, foreign policy, labor rights, to the environment.


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 was named to Foreign Policy's Pacific Power Index — one of 50 people shaping the future of US-China relations. In the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Chan is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.


She has also reported from Cuba, Canada, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza. Her broadcast journalism experience began with internships in CNN's Hong Kong and Havana bureaus. Her first job was with ABC News in New York.

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