I’m running the NYC Half Marathon

…in less than 2 weeks!

I’ll be carrying some winter pudge; nonetheless, I’m excited and honored to be running on behalf a charity team close to my heart, Apex for Youth (Apex).


Apex is a mentoring organization for underserved Asian American youth that I’ve been involved with for 3 years as a middle school mentor. My mentee Melanie (pictured at right) and I have been together since she was in 6th grade, and it’s been a lot of fun to learn and grow with each other.

I am less than $500 from my fundraising goal, and accepting last-minute donations here.

Your donation will help me cross the finish line but more importantly, will help sustain the many youth enrichment programs that Apex runs. Anything you can spare is truly appreciated, even a simple word of encouragement!

Donate here and learn more about this wonderful organization.

Otherwise, if you’re in NYC the morning of March 15, please meet me at the finish line on Water Street and Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. There is no formal reunion area, so if you do come let me know. We’ll meet and snap a sweaty selfie or something.

To movement!
– L

Interview with Jenna Johnson, Washington Post Reporter

Aspiring journalists, hear hear! In a conversation segment I taped last year for CampusTweet.TV, Washington Post student life and culture reporter Jenna Johnson (Twitter handle: @wpjenna) offered insights into the changing media industry. As a journalist myself, I was excited with the opportunity to exchange words (face to face!) with a real-life reporter. We spoke via Skype, with a shoddy connection at times. (Hence the blurry resolution and lapse in audio. Alas, technology isn’t perfect.) Nonetheless, I was happy to hear about the experiences of a reporter living in the digital age.

Our 20 minute conversation was whittled down to 7.5 minutes for attention span purposes. But if even that’s too long for you, here’s the take-home message:

News is ongoing. It’s no longer just about getting the story to print or air. Following up and maintaining a conversation with readers is critical. After all, our generation is an interactive one.