Ernest Chi


Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Head of Investigative Team
Ming Pao

In 1999, Chi started working for Ming Pao, where he was promoted to finance news editor in 2003 before joining its general news desk in 2007.

Graduating with a BA from the University of Winnipeg, Canada, Chi started his journalism career at 28 when he joined the Hong Kong Economic Journal in 1995 as a financial reporter.

At Ming Pao, in April 2011, Chi formed an investigative team soon after breaking a story on rigged purchases of Henderson Land’s luxurious residential 39 Conduct Road, which prompted new legislation on governing new-property sales. The story won both Best Scoop and Best Business News Reporting in the 2010 Newspaper Society of Hong Kong Awards.

That November, Ming Pao reported some 23 voters with seven surnames had the same address in a Mei Foo flat, pointing to vote rigging in the district council election. The report triggered more than 10,000 complaints to the Electoral Affairs Commission, which passed 2,000 suspected cases to the police and Independent Commission Against Corruption. This story won first runner up for Best Scoop in the 2011 Newspaper Society of Hong Kong Awards.

In the Chief Executive election 2012, Ming Pao unveiled a series on the then leading candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, who built a huge illegal basement in his Kowloon Tong home. The scandal dealt a big blow to Tang, who eventually lost out in the election to Leung Chun-ying. Four months later, the paper reported Leung, then Chief Executive-in-waiting, also had illegal structures in his Peak house, raising questions on his political creditability. These two stories won the SOPA Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting 2013 and Best Scoop and Best News Reporting in the 2010 Newspaper Society of Hong Kong awards.

In Oct 2012, Ming Pao investigated the death of Li Wangyang, a Chinese dissident and labor rights activist in Hunan who was found dead on June 6. Our reporters interviewed Li’s only sister who denounced the official claim of suicide. The story won the Merit Certificate in General News in Hong Kong’s Human Rights Press Awards 2012.

This year, Ming Pao ran a series of exclusive reports on Timothy Tong, the ex-chief of ICAC, who abused entertainment funds during his term of office. The report shocked and shook the confidence of the anti-graft organisation, as his investigation is now an ongoing public matter.

Chi likes to read history, particularly books on military. His team’s major investigative efforts were best summarized in “Investigation in the light and dark,” published by Ming Pao this fall.

SOPA Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting 2013, Ming Pao:
Investigative reports on illegal structure controversy concerning Chief Executive candidates Henry Tang and C.Y. Leung