Project Description

Melissa Chan - Emmy-nominated journalist based between Los Angeles and Berlin

Melissa Chan

International News Presenter, Moderator, Keynote Speaker, Sustainability Speaker, Environment Speaker, Business Speaker

Melissa Chan is an Emmy-nominated journalist based between Los Angeles and Berlin. She has reported everywhere from Cuba to Canada, Mongolia to Moscow, North and South Korea. These days she focuses on transnational issues, often involving China’s influence beyond its borders. She has written for The New York Times where she was nominated for a Loeb Award — business journalism’s highest honour — and for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, POLITICO, and more. As a collaborator with Vancouver-based The Global Reporting Centre, she investigates the complexities of global trade and its costs on ordinary people. As a recipient of The Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund, she travelled to the Amazon jungle to examine the connection between agriculture and deforestation.

As a television journalist, she takes viewers on investigative journeys through long format news documentaries, including with the award-winning Fault Lines series. She also reports for VICE News Tonight, and presents European broadcaster DW’s news program on Asia. From 2013 to 2016, she was a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, specializing in enterprise reporting particularly in the rural American West. This meant interviewing everyone from farmers to members of white nationalist militias. With Al Jazeera English, she served as China correspondent before her expulsion from the country for the channel’s reports. Her work there received awards, including two Human Rights Press Awards from Amnesty International and a citation from the Overseas Press Club. She was named in Foreign Policy’s Pacific Power Index, a list of 25 people shaping the future of US-China relations.

Chan is a term member at The Council on Foreign Relations. She was also a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, a Bosch Fellow in Berlin, and a Young Leader of The Council for the United States and Italy.

She is a speaker / moderator, having led or participated in discussions at South by Southwest (SXSW), UNESCO, the Oslo Freedom Forum, the US State Department, on the invitation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, at the Sydney Opera House, UC Berkeley’s Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting, and more.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University, she co-founded and was editor in chief of the Yale Journal of Human Rights.

Testimonials

“Melissa is a world-class moderator with formidable subject knowledge on a wide range of issues. She is the perfect person to host any conversation in the area of international politics, human rights and technology, or China’s role in the world.”

Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation

“Melissa is an engaging and sharp moderator who brought out the best in each speaker. She breathed life, thoughtfulness, and humor into the dialogue. She’s fantastic at getting the audience engaged and we are looking forward to working with her again soon.”

Tim Young, Founding General Partner, Eniac Ventures

“You made SAP shine! Thank you for the tireless dedication.”

Renata Pompeu-Pividal, Vice President of Multimedia Content, Global Communications at SAP

“Great work, Melissa! And a pleasure working with you. You carried a very heavy load, double the size you anticipated. And you rose to the occasion and delivered at the highest level. Human, smart, engaging. Thank you!”

Sam Juneau, Global Vice President, Head of Content, Customer Marketing, SAP

Host, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, “What lies ahead for Mali?” (2019)

Moderator, The Hoover Institution / Stanford University / Human Rights Foundation, “The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism Conference: China, AI, and Human Rights” (2020)

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