2018 AAJA GALA AND SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARDS BANQUET

 

The 2018 AAJA Gala Scholarship and Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, August 11 at #AAJA18. Keynote speakers and more gala emcees will be announced.

 

KEYNOTES

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Angela Kang is an American television writer currently serving as showrunner on AMC’s The Walking Dead. She joined the show’s writing staff in Season Two as a story editor, quickly rising up the ranks to co-executive producer by Season Five. Angela expanded her relationship with AMC in Season Seven by signing an overall deal to continue her work on the hit series while developing new projects for the studio. That same year, she was named one of Variety’s 2016 10 TV Writers to Watch. Her promotion to showrunner of The Walking Dead was announced in January 2018, going into Season Nine of the acclaimed series.

Angela's first industry experiences were as a features development intern for the Dino De Laurentiis Company and a writers’ office/research intern for ABC’s Private Practice. Shortly after completing the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and graduating from film school, she landed her first staff writing job on NBC’s Day One. She then went on to write for the critically acclaimed cult favorite FX series Terriers before starting on The Walking Dead in 2011. 

A Southern California native, Kang received a B.A. in theater and English from Occidental College, and an M.F.A. in screen and television writing from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Annenberg Graduate Fellowship.

 

GALA EMCEEES

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Howard Chen is currently a producer for ESPN International, specializing mainly in ESPN’s video content for China. Among the projects Howard has helped lead for ESPN include getting Tom Brady to speak Mandarin Chinese and officially changing the Dallas Mavericks’ team name in China.

Raised in Houston and based in Houston, Howard was a reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston and was a regular part of their Rockets and Astros televised live game broadcasts. He also has been a host/reporter for Houston’s SportsRadio 610 and was the Sports Producer at KRIV-TV FOX 26 Houston. Before all this, he was a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WUPW-TV FOX Toledo and WHIZ-TV NBC in Zanesville, Ohio.

Howard is currently the chair of AAJA’s Sports Task Force dedicated to providing guidance and opportunity for sports journalists and has been an officer in AAJA’s Texas and Michigan chapters. He is very excited Houston is hosting this year’s AAJA convention!

 
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Miya Shay is an Emmy award winning journalist at KTRK-TV Channel 13, the ABC owned station in Houston. Currently, Miya's focus is covering Houston City Government as well as the breaking news story of the day. Since joining the Eyewitness News team, Miya has covered every story imaginable. She traveled to China multiple times, where she followed the Houston Rockets, as well as Houston's Mayor.

Born in China, Miya graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism, and a minor in Asian history. Before arriving in Houston, Miya worked in television stations in Alabama, Kansas and Michigan. Her first full time job after college was at CNN Headline News in Atlanta, where she learned how to rip scripts and stack tapes.

Miya is heavily involved in the Houston community, where she has moderated a number of community panels. In 2012, Miya married Texas State Representative Gene Wu. In 2013, they welcomed their first child, Winston, with little brother Lyndon joining the family in 2016. Outside of the newsroom, Miya's passions include traveling to new places, trying new foods and scuba diving.