Former Daily News Reporter Carves Out Rich Hong Kong Legacy

Chan Yuen-ying will pass the Journalism and Media Studies Centre baton this fall to a Washington Post vet.

Chan Yuen-ying, the one-time New York Daily News reporter who won a George Polk Award in 1993 for her investigation of Golden Venture, a smuggling ship that ran aground in Long Island with 282 illegal immigrants on board, is retiring this fall from the Journalism and Media Studies Centre she launched at the University of Hong Kong in 1998. She’s not quite sure what she will do next, but she told South China Morning Post reporter Jeffie Lam that she will continue working in the field in some way:

Chan, 69, said that although she had no detailed plans, she would stay in the media industry after leaving her post at the school. “Once you are a journalist, you are always a journalist, don’t you think?” Chan said.

Journalism had kept her young, she said, as she had never stopped learning.

“As a journalist you can write articles you don’t know anything about,” she laughed, recalling her epic interview with cellist Yo Yo Ma on a flight in the U.S., despite knowing nothing about music.

During her time in the U.S., Yuen-ying was also a Nieman Fellow and a field producer for NBC. She will be succeeded at Hong Kong University by professor Keith Richburg. who spent 33 years working for the Washington Post and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

P.S. We searched for that Yo Yo Ma piece, but could not find it. If any reader happens to know when and where it was published, please send us the info.

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