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Aun Pheap has almost 30 years experience as a reporter. He started his career as the Managing Editor of the Southeast Asia Weekly, an English newspaper in Phnom Penh. He has since worked on several publications: The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s oldest English-language newspaper; Cambodia News; Cambodia Today; and Business News. He also worked for National Radio of Cambodia. Currently, he is a senior reporter at The Cambodia Daily, specializing in investigations covering a diverse range of issues from land rights to illegal logging.

SOPA Awards:
2017 Excellence in Investigative Reporting: Still Taking a Cut

 

 

Nita Bhalla is the Chief Correspondent in South Asia for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and is an award winning journalist for her coverage on human rights.

Based in New Delhi, she covers disasters, conflicts, development, women’s rights, climate change, human trafficking and slavery. She is a former Reuters political and general news correspondent and has worked in India, eastern and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region.

Nita started her career in 1999 with the BBC World Service based in Ethiopia. From armed conflicts to killer floods, national elections to global warming, she has reported on a wide range of subjects from some of the world’s most challenging environments during her almost two-decade career as a foreign correspondent.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and a post graduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Cardiff University.

SOPA Awards:
2017 Journalist of the Year: Blood Mica
2016 Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues (Honorable Mention): Women in the Workforce
2015 Excellence in Reporting on the Environment (Honorable Mention): Water Shortages in India
2014 Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues: Women’s Rights in India
2013 Excellence in Human Rights Reporting: Trafficked maids to order: The darker side of richer India

 

 

Cheng Han Wen is a journalist at The Reporter based in Taipei. In 2015, she joined The Reporter to cover health, waste management and ocean issues. Before joining The Reporter, she worked as a journalist at United Daily News in 2014. She loves to explore new forms of storytelling, especially with infographics. She was the recipient of the 2016 Excellent Journalism Award in Investigative Reporting in Taiwan.

SOPA Awards:
2017 Excellence in Investigative Reporting: Taiwan’s offshore fisheries: Fraud, exploitation, blood and tears of fishing ground 台灣遠洋漁業專題:造假.剝削.血淚漁場
2017 Excellence in Human Rights Reporting: Fraud, exploitation, blood and tears of fishing 造假.剝削.血淚漁場
2017 Excellence in Information Graphics: Taiwan’s offshore fisheries 台灣 遠洋漁業的大「鮪」鱸鰻

 

Huang Chen has more than 10 years experience in journalism. She joined Caixin in 2010 after working for a prominent financial website in mainland China.  She founded Caixin’s data news section in 2011. Now she is the leader of the Caixin Data Visualization Lab in Beijing, which is dedicated to promoting China’s data news. It has won numerous awards in recent years and is a test ground that supports readers approach to truth in visual ways.

SOPA Awards:
2017 Excellence in Journalistic Innovation (Honorable Mention): After the Flood: Never Let Bygones Be Bygones(2016 · 洪水暴至)
2016 Excellence in Digital News: China’s Property Market
2015 Excellence in Digital News (Honorable Mention): Zhou’s power base

 

MinJung Kim as Head of Visuals, Asia, leads a team of dedicated visual journalists at The Wall Street Journal’s Asian headquarters in Hong Kong. In recent years she and her team have produced engaging interactives on North Korea missile launches, Kowloon Walled City, Alibaba and Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal, to name a few. MinJung, a graduate of Missouri School of Journalism, found passion for information graphics at school and has expanded her skills working at reputable news organizations like The Seattle Times, The Hartford Courant and The Wall Street Journal throughout her career. In her free time, MinJung enjoys reading arts and design books, finds peace while swimming or practicing Pilates and aerial yoga and loves to learn new things.

SOPA Awards:
2016 Excellence in Digital News (Honorable Mention): Five Major Risks to Flying in Asia
2016 Excellence in Information Graphics (Honorable Mention): Five Major Risks to Flying in Asia
2016 Excellence in Investigative Reporting (Honorable Mention): Malaysia’s 1MDB Scandal
2015 Excellence in Digital News (Finalist): Kowloon Walled City
2014 Excellence in Information Graphics (Honorable Mention) :  Judging Japan’s Experiment

Preetika Rana is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal’s Asian headquarters in Hong Kong; she has a keen eye for healthcare trends in the region. Preetika previously covered South Asia for the Journal from New Delhi, where her business coverage focused on how India’s billion-plus-people are shaking up the world’s biggest consumer-goods companies, restaurateurs and retailers. Her other coverage in South Asia includes the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh―one of the world’s worst industrial disasters―and a brutal gang-rape in 2012 that paved the way for new sexual-assault laws in India.

SOPA Awards:
2017 Excellence in Video Reporting (Award for Excellence): “IKEA’s India Bet Runs Into Thicket of Rules

Ashley Wei Meng comes from a background of skilled programmers and joined Caixin VisLab in 2015. As a data visualization designer and developer, she integrates cutting-edge art and programming methods into projects to explore data news storytelling. She and her team won third prize in the 2016 GEN News Lab final competition.

SOPA Awards:
2017 Excellence in Journalistic Innovation (Honorable Mention): After the Flood: Never Let Bygones Be Bygones(2016 · 洪水暴至)
2016 Excellence in Digital News: China’s Property Market
2015 Excellence in Digital News (Honorable Mention): Zhou’s power base