Yuen Ying Chan is a professor of journalism and founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong as well as the founding dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at Shantou University, China (2003–2011). Previously, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City.
She consults often for Chinese and international media organizations, and serves on the board of directors of the Media Development Investment Fund and the steering committee of the Global Forum for Media Development. Chan is also the vice chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Informed Societies. Her research interests include media and development, China’s media, social media, media and journalism education, and professional practices of journalism.
Chan’s honors include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a Polk Award for her reporting on the human smuggling trade from China, and an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists for her battle against a criminal libel suit in Taiwan.