SAN FRANCISCO — The Asian American Journalists Association — National Chapter, announced Monday that Ken Moritsugu of the Asia Chapter has won the Special Election to become AAJA Vice President for Print.
AAJA held a special election to fill the post of Vice President for Print after former Twin Cities Chapter President Tom Lee resigned his elected position for personal reasons in January, according to Theodore Kim, AAJA’s National Secretary and Elections Officer. Moritsugu will serve out the remainder of the term until Dec. 31, 2013.
“The ever-changing media landscape presents both challenges and opportunities for AAJA as we pursue the goals of newsroom diversity and fair and accurate coverage of our country’s diverse communities,” Moritsugu said. “AAJA means a lot to me, both as an organization and a family. I look forward to joining the leadership and working to help members navigate our evolving media world. As a longtime member who has led chapters in both the U.S. and Asia, I also hope to build bridges between our membership at home and overseas.”
Moritsugu has served on the boards of three AAJA chapters and is a former president of AAJA-New York. He is currently president of AAJA’s Asia Chapter, and during his tenure the chapter has grown from 30 to 130 members and launched an annual conference with the University of Hong Kong.
Moritsugu, a member of AAJA’s Asia Chapter, received 133 votes, with about 1,000 AAJA members eligible to cast a ballot in the election held electronically Feb. 11 to 18. He received more votes fellow candidate Neal Justin of AAJA Twin Cities Chapter who received 114 votes.
As AAJA’s National Secretary and Elections Officer, Kim thanked both candidates for their participation, integrity and ongoing service to AAJA. The special election was held to seat a Vice President for Print in time for AAJA’s spring board meetings.
“I’m excited to work with Ken Moritsugu as AAJA’s new Vice President for Print,” said AAJA President Paul Cheung. “Ken has led the Asia Chapter’s successful growth in the past couple of years, now we can work together to help grow AAJA organization-wide.”
AAJA will hold its regular election in August 2013, with eligible members voting to fill the positions of Vice President for Print and National Secretary for two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2014.