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Lia Chang

b. 1963, San Francisco
An actress turned photojournalist, Lia Chang was born Kim Anne Chang. Avenue Asia named her as one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans” in 1997. As a photojournalist she exhibited “Asians in the Workforce and Arts” in 1996 at New York University.
Julie Chen

b. 1970, Queens, NY
TV anchorwoman and host. After getting a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California, she joined ABC News' Los Angeles Bureau before becoming a reported for a Dayton TV station. In 2002, she became the anchorwoman for CBS' The Early Show after stints as the anchor of the CBS Morning News and as a reporter for the CBS affiliate in New York. Non-daytime TV viewers probably know her better as the host "Big Brother" a popular reality TV show which made its first appearance in 2000.
Connie Chung

b. 1946, Washington, DC
TV news reporter and anchorwoman. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she started her career at a local TV station in Washington, DC. Later on she became a national correspondent for CBS, a co-anchor of CBS Evening News, a 20/20 co-anchor for ABC, and hosted her own show at CNN.
Yue-Sai Kan

b. 1950, Guilin
TV hostess, author, and entrepreneur. Starting in 1978, she hosted Looking East for 12 years.  The show promoted Eastern culture to the American audience. She did the reverse with One World, which showed different locales around the world to a Chinese audience of 400 million people.  She founded her own Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics company in 1992, now China's leading cosmetics company. After failing to find a doll with Asian features even in China, she founded her own doll company, marketing the Yue-Sai WaWa, China's answer to Barbie. She published several books in Chinese about beauty and etiquette. She has been called China's most famous woman and has been honored by the PRC with her own postage stamp.
Sam Chu Lin

b. 1939, Greenville, MI
d. 2006, Burbank, CA
An American journalist. He was one of the first Asian-Americans to appear on television. He gained a national audience broadcasting from New York for CBS News. In his later years he was news reporter for California TV stations. His last broadcasting job was for KTTV, a Fox affiliate.
Lisa Ling

b. 1973, Sacramento, CA
TV reporter and talk show hostess. Ling's career in television started when she was only 15 on a syndicated teen show Scratch. At 18, she was reporting for Channel One News, which broadcasts to US classrooms. She co-hosted The View, ABC's  daily talk show from 1999-2002. She is currently the host of National Geographic Explorer.
Ben Fong-Torres

b. 1945, Alameda, CA
Reporter, DJ, and writer. Fong-Torres is best know for his role as news editor for Rolling Stones Magazine, which allowed him to interview some of rock's greatest stars. He also wrote for a number of other magazines and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle. He published his memoirs in 1983 under the title The Rice Room: From Number Two Son to Rock and Roll. He also wrote Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons, Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll, and The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio.