Presenters & Correspondents
Lance AlexanderLance Alexander is an Executive Editor and Presenter. He currently co-hosts Channel NewsAsia’s daily breakfast programme, First Look Asia. You can also catch him on SportsWorld Weekend.
Lance Alexander is an Executive Editor and Presenter. He currently co-hosts Channel NewsAsia’s daily breakfast programme, First Look Asia. You can also catch him on SportsWorld Weekend.
Lance returned to Mediacorp in August 2012 after being away for more than a decade. Over the years, he has covered numerous international events including the FIFA World Cup, Formula 1, the Youth Olympics, the Asian Games and the Singapore International Marathon. Some of the biggest names in sport that he has interviewed include Guus Hiddink, Teddy Sheringham, Paul Parker, David Campese, Sir Richard Hadlee, David Coulthard, Alex Zanardi, Jacques Villenueve, Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber.
Lance first started his broadcast career in radio in 1990 before moving on to television in 1992 to present the AM Singapore morning show on then Television Corporation of Singapore.
On his days off, you will likely catch Lance with his family and friends either cycling, rock climbing or swimming.
Adam BakhtiarAdam Bakhtiar joined Channel NewsAsia in February 2016. As Presenter of the International Business Desk, Adam fronts the channel’s newest dedicated business show, Asia Business First.
Adam Bakhtiar joined Channel NewsAsia in February 2016. As Presenter of the International Business Desk, Adam fronts the channel’s newest dedicated business show, Asia Business First.
Adam’s journalism career began nine and a half years ago at CNBC Asia Pacific in Singapore. As Anchor and Correspondent at CNBC, his coverage extended from Asia to Europe and North America. His primary focus was North and Southeast Asia, delivering the latest market moving news with context for the viewers.
Adam has interviewed high profile global business personalities and some of the region’s most influential leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Outside of television, Adam has moderated financial conferences for banks and also the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2014.
Prior to joining CNBC, Adam worked as a stock broker with CIMB Investment Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree from Deakin University, Australia.
Yvonne ChanYvonne Chan currently hosts the day belt news bulletin, News Now.
Yvonne Chan currently hosts the day belt news bulletin, News Now.
Prior to her fronting on the channel, Yvonne was with the business desk at Channel NewsAsia for three years, reporting on financial markets, and interviewed various CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, as well as renowned investor, Jim Rogers, and Virgin Atlantic CEO, Richard Branson. She also covered many company mergers and acquisitions in Southeast Asia, including the highly-publicised takeover of Fraser & Neave by beer maker, Heineken and Thai Beverage in 2012.
Yvonne was also the lifestyle reporter on First Look Asia, the morning breakfast programme on Channel NewsAsia and co-presented Asia Connect, a fast-paced delivery of the latest news from the Asian region with "live" updates from correspondents in key capital cities.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Economics from the National University of Singapore and was a management trainee with HSBC Singapore for two years followed by a stint with HSBC Group in London for another two years. When she's not in the newsroom, Yvonne sings jazz professionally, and indulges in her love for travel and trying out new recipes in her kitchen.
Steven ChiaSteven Chia moderates the new season of Talking Point, a “live” talk-show on the current topics of the day.
Steven Chia moderates the new season of Talking Point, a show that focuses on the current topics of the day. Prior to this, he co-anchored and produced Channel NewsAsia’s flagship morning show, AM LIVE!, one of the network’s most-watched shows, with a colourful mix of hard news, live interviews and discussions on current events and issues.
During his stint as a morning show host, he had interviewed personalities such as tennis star Anna Chakvetadze, actress Maggie Q, pop singer Josh Groban and former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten. Steven’s media career began in 1999, as a junior trailer producer for ESPN StarSports. A year later, he ventured out as a freelance TV producer and presenter.
He fronted Mediacorp programmes such as Crimewatch, and also worked as a radio presenter with the company’s classical music station, Symphony 92.4FM. Outside of work, Steven focuses on youth development by working with school students through several community-related programmes. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the YMCA of Singapore.
Chloe ChoChloe Cho is Presenter and Executive Producer in Channel NewsAsia’s Current Affairs department. She presents, develops programmes, and oversees editorial content for the channel’s business shows, including the new weekly Investor Insights, and an interview series entitled, Millionaire Minds. She is also the co-host for the business reality show, Start-UP.
Chloe Cho is Presenter and Executive Producer in Channel NewsAsia’s Current Affairs department. She presents, develops programmes, and oversees editorial content for the channel’s business shows, including the new weekly Investor Insights, and an interview series entitled, Millionaire Minds. She is also the co-host for the business reality show, Start-UP.
Chloe’s involvement in a diverse range of projects comes as she rejoins the channel in July 2014 after being away for nearly six years. Previously, she presented prime time evening programmes as well as breaking news coverage alongside hosting and co-producing current affairs shows.
Earlier, she was with CNBC Asia where she anchored regional and global shows out of Singapore alongside London and Sydney on assignment, checking the pulse of global financial markets and examining their investor implications. A prolific international journalist, Chloe has presented and reported on key news developments from the global financial crisis and Thai political tensions to the North Korean nuclear showdown and G20 meetings. Her work assignments have taken her across the Asia-Pacific, Eastern & Western Europe and the Americas. Chloe often interviews top newsmakers around the world including IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Samsung Electronics Co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon, and Roubini Global Economics Chairman Nouriel Roubini. Chloe is an experienced moderator, having chaired panels at the World Economic Forum and the World Knowledge Forum. In 2009, Chloe was selected among Newsweek Korea’s 50 Most Influential Koreans recognized for their work in international media, culture and arts.
Chloe began her broadcast career as a teen in educational TV in South Korea and went on to become anchor, morning news editor and news team manager for Arirang TV while working as a CNN World Report contributor.
During her time off, Chloe enjoys writing, having released her first book in Korea entitled, “Good Morning Singapore. This is Chloe,” in Korean. Raised both in the United States and South Korea, Chloe is a native speaker of English and Korean, and also speaks French. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in French at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.
Glenda ChongGlenda Chong currently anchors Primetime World and is the co-host of Primetime Asia. An award-winning presenter, Glenda returned to Singapore in March 2011 after serving as China Correspondent for 3 years in Shanghai.
Glenda Chong currently anchors Primetime World and is the co-host of Primetime Asia. An award-winning presenter, Glenda returned to Singapore in March 2011 after serving as China Correspondent for 3 years in Shanghai. Highlights of her work include reporting on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, covering the devastating aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Before her posting in China, Glenda presented Channel NewsAsia’s main news programmes, fronting major breaking stories, including the 2007 Thai coup, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and 2003 SARS outbreak in Singapore. It was a memorable year in 2004 when she anchored the coverage of the results for the American and Taiwan Presidential elections, and the Malaysian election. In addition, she headed to Jakarta to report and anchor the bulletin during the Indonesian Presidential election.
Glenda was named Best News Anchor at the Asian Television Awards in 2001. She was also awarded Best Presenter at Mediacorp’s Annual Excellence Awards in 2005. Glenda graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and holds a Masters of International Studies from the National University of Singapore.
She is conversant in Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu, and enjoys, travelling, golf and diving.
Otelli EdwardsOtelli Edwards joined Mediacorp’s News Division as a Producer/Presenter in 2007, after working in the media industry for 8 years. She currently presents the daily news bulletin on Channel 5, News 5.
Otelli Edwards joined Mediacorp’s News Division as a Producer/Presenter in 2007, after working in the media industry for 8 years. She currently presents the daily news bulletin on Channel 5, News 5.
Prior to her current portfolio, Otelli was a sports journalist, covering some of the regions’ finest athletes during the South East Asia Games and producing and hosting nightly news shows during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She fronted Channel NewsAsia’s daily sports programme, SportsWorld. She also hosted On the Red Dot, a weekly current affairs series on hot-topic issues that matter to viewers in Singapore. She had also produced current affairs and news programmes for Mediacorp’s news radio station, 938LIVE.
She counts among her most memorable reports, the unprecedented surgery to separate a pair of adult Iranian conjoined twins in Singapore in 2003.
Otelli obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University in Canada. When she’s not working, you can find Otelli engrossed in a riveting novel, travelling and culture-loading. To beat stress, she works out at the gym and plays tennis.
Cheryl FoxCheryl Fox currently fronts News 5 on Channel 5.
Cheryl Fox currently fronts News 5 on Channel 5.
She began her news career in Channel NewsAsia in 1999, and has anchored a variety of prime time news programmes, covering many world events over the years, from the September 11th attacks to the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
She had taken on a myriad of roles from programme acquisition to producing and presenting. She had presented the morning show, Primetime Morning and was also the face of Singapore news, presenting the highly rated Singapore Tonight for several years before moving on to do hard hitting social issues in Get Real. She has spent the last few years with On the Red Dot, a weekly current affairs series on hot-topic issues that matter to viewers in Singapore.
Aside from the news, Cheryl also presents a spectrum of lifestyle and current affairs programmes from sports to travel, food and health. Her versatility has seen her hosting Singapore’s Brainiest, a top-rated English-language quiz show. Cheryl has a degree in Mass Communications from Monash University, Australia. She says about her work, “If I’m able to make a difference in people’s lives by doing what I love, then there’s no other way I’d like to live.”
Aside from news, Cheryl's passions are wake-boarding, music, travel, and cooking.
Steve LaiSteve Lai currently fronts Primetime Asia and the Friday edition of Between The Lines. In his time at Channel NewsAsia, he has hosted the channel’s morning show, First Look Asia, and the midday one-hour news programme, Asia Connect.
Steve Lai currently presents Primetime Asia and World Tonight. His assignments prior to this includes hosting the channel's morning show, First Look Asia, the midday one-hour news programme, Asia Connect, as well as the current affairs analysis programme, Between The Lines. Steve also presented the channel’s extensive coverage of the Taiwan Elections in 2016; hosting coverage of Myanmar's 2015 Elections out of Yangon; and was an onsite reporter for the 2015 SEA Games.
Before joining Channel NewsAsia in March 2012, Steve fronted SportCenter Asia at ESPN Star Sports and worked as a broadcast journalist for the 24hr channel ESPNews. He started his career in broadcasting in 2009 at Radio Television Brunei.
He has also worked as a pundit for Astro's (Malaysia) coverage of the 2011 edition of the Rugby World Cup in his capacity as the former Captain of the Brunei National Rugby team.
For more of what Steve gets up to, follow him on Twitter: @SteveLaiCNA
Gerard LamGerard Lam presents Channel NewsAsia's line-up of daily news programmes, News Now, as well as the weekly Primetime Weekend.
Gerard Lam presents Channel NewsAsia's line-up of daily news programmes, News Now, as well as the weekly Primetime Weekend. He also hosts Insight, the channel’s weekly current affairs programme that delves into topical issues of the week.
Gerard has also had a stint anchoring Channel NewsAsia’s highly watched financial programme, Singapore Business Tonight, which looked at the local financial world.
Before joining Channel NewsAsia in 2004, he worked for NTV7, a private TV network in Malaysia.Gerard has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Montana.
John LeongJohn Leong is currently a co-host on Channel NewsAsia’s prime time news programme, Singapore Tonight.
John Leong is currently a co-host on Channel NewsAsia’s prime time news programme, Singapore Tonight. Prior to this, he was a senior reporter on the Singapore Desk, which produces exclusively local content for all the Mediacorp news channels. When there are breaking news situations, John steps out of the studio to report on-location. Among some the most poignant events were his experiences covering the AirAsia QZ8501 Crash, the passing of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and the 2015 General Election in Singapore.
In a broadcast career that has spanned eight years, John has reported for radio and television, including at the former regional sports cable channel, ESPN Starsports. As a reporter covering the regional football beat, he particularly enjoyed following the Singapore National team’s progress and eventual triumph at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
John graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2008. Outside of the newsroom, John is an avid weekend warrior. Rarely a Sunday goes by without slugging it out on a football pitch with his team.
Lin XuelingLin Xueling is Presenter and Executive Producer of Channel NewsAsia’s premier interview series, Conversation With, which examines topics confronted by a rising and rapidly changing Asia from the perspective of movers and shakers in the region.
Lin Xueling is Presenter and Executive Producer of Channel NewsAsia’s premier interview series, Conversation With, which examines topics confronted by a rising and rapidly changing Asia from the perspective of movers and shakers in the region. Lin is a veteran journalist and editor who set up Channel NewsAsia’s first dedicated retail investment show, Cents and Sensibilities.
Prior to joining Channel NewsAsia, she was the bureau chief and Scandinavian Chief Correspondent at financial news service, Dow Jones Newswires. She has also published a business book on the influence of financial and business media companies.
Lin was born in Britain and hold a Masters degree from Cambridge University where she studied Law. She also completed post-graduate studies in “The Theory of the Firm” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies”.
Loke Wei SueLoke Wei Sue joined Channel NewsAsia in 2010 as Senior Producer and Presenter. She fronts many of the channel’s one-on-one formats and has presented the channel’s signature programme, Conversation With.
Loke Wei Sue
Loke Wei Sue joined Channel NewsAsia in 2010 as Senior Producer and Presenter. She currently fronts Between the Lines, a weekly programme that delves deep into issues that matter to an Asian audience. She fronts many of the channel’s one-on-one formats and has presented the channel’s signature programme, Conversation With.
Wei Sue has also proven particularly adept at handling “live”, breaking news; her strength is unpicking complex subject matters. She has anchored major stories such as the Little India Riot in Singapore, leadership handover at China's 18th Party Congress and the death of Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Wei Sue also has considerable exposure to other genres and has anchored and produced the weekly current affairs documentary programme, Insight, which explores issues beyond the obvious headlines.
Wei Sue started her journalism career in 2006 at China Central Television’s English News division. She edited copy in general news before going on to anchor and edit business news. She earned her BA Honours in language at the National University of Singapore before continuing her studies with an MPhil and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.
Gasthoori ManickamGasthoori Manickam currently co-presents Channel NewsAsia’s News Pulse, a fast-paced programme that delivers the latest news from around the world, every hour from midnight.
Gasthoori Manickam currently co-presents Channel NewsAsia’s News Pulse, a fast-paced programme that delivers the latest news from around the world, every hour from midnight. The programme also covers business news, with “live” interviews and updates from correspondents in key capital cities.
Gasthoori has over 15 years of experience in journalism. Her latest stint includes producing editorial content for News5, the news programme on Mediacorp’s mass entertainment channel, and covering world news as an Assistant Foreign Editor at TODAY newspaper.
Some of her achievements include her involvement in Channel NewsAsia’s coverage of the death of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the 2015 General Election in Singapore.
She has also interviewed prominent political personalities, overseen the general elections in China (2012) and Malaysia (2013), and written travel features on Auckland, Myanmar and Dubrovnik.
Gasthoori specialised in English Linguistics and English Literature at the University of Queensland, Australia and holds an honours degree in English Literature from the Queensland University of Technology. Her passions include travelling, doing Pilates and reading.
Dawn TanDawn Tan currently co-hosts Singapore Tonight, a one-hour programme that delivers local news and business updates.
Dawn Tan currently co-hosts Singapore Tonight, a one-hour programme that delivers local news and business updates.
Her media career began when she and several enterprising friends started London’s first free bilingual magazine as Editor while studying at the University of Middlesex. She has more than 18 years’ experience as a writer, and worked for Euromoney in Britain, before returning to Singapore to join the Business Times.
In her career, she has interviewed many notable personalities, including Sir Peter Ustinov, Singapore’s President SR Nathan, Gloria Magacapal Arroyo, Arundathi Roy, Marina Mahathir and Ray Charles. Dawn is an accomplished writer with nine titles to her name. Her first book was a controversial bestseller Khameleon: The Elyamani Khamis Story, published in 1993.
When Dawn is not travelling the globe, trekking the Himalayan foothills in search of Bengal tigers and Asiatic elephants, she enjoys Ashtanga yoga, Krav Maga and goes everywhere with her camera.
Gerardine TanGerardine Tan hosts Channel NewsAsia’s News Pulse, keeping viewers updated of world events through the wee hours of the morning.
Gerardine Tan hosts Channel NewsAsia’s News Pulse, keeping viewers updated of world events through the wee hours of the morning.
Gerardine joined the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 1993 as a radio Producer-Presenter on Radio One. Over the years, she hosted various shows including medical talkshows, current affairs features and talkback programmes. One memorable assignment was to present the “live” radio commentary for Singapore’s biggest party of the year – the National Day Parade.
Gerardine was also involved in the setting up of Singapore’s first local English news and information station 938LIVE. As the station’s Senior Programme Director, she was responsible for overseeing and managing content, marketing and grooming a talent pool of 20.
Aside from her radio responsibilities, she was a committee member of the Speak Good English Movement committee for more than six years.
Gerardine graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) in Accountancy. As a mother of four, Gerardine is constantly looking for avenues to keep her brood entertained.
Teresa TangTeresa Tang co-hosts Channel NewsAsia’s breakfast programme, First Look Asia.
Teresa Tang co-hosts Channel NewsAsia’s breakfast programme, First Look Asia.
Teresa comes to Singapore from Vancouver, Canada where she presented news both locally and nationally for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also filed “live”, daily reports on a national, prime time programme often covering stories from the Asia Pacific for western audiences.
Prior to that, she worked in China as a reporter for China Central Television and Blue Ocean Network based in Beijing. Among the array of assignments that Teresa covered are the handover of power to Xi Jinping in 2012, the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, and the Causeway Scrabble Championship in Malaysia in 2008.
Teresa earned a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics. She also attended Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. She speaks Mandarin and the Fuzhou dialect.
She is an avid yogi, and as a hobby, collects Barbie dolls of which she has over 100 to date.
Genevieve WooGenevieve Woo currently presents Insight, Channel NewsAsia’s weekly current affairs programme that delves into the issues of the week.
Genevieve Woo currently presents Insight, Channel NewsAsia’s weekly current affairs programme that delves into the issues of the week. She used to front News Now and Asia Connect on Channel NewsAsia, and News5 Tonight on Mediacorp Channel 5. She was an editor and presenter at the English Current Affairs unit, and had anchored Singapore Tonight, the channel's daily news programme which focuses on Singapore news and current events. She also presented the “live” coverage of Singapore’s General Election in 2011.
She crossed over to the bright lights of television after serving stints in other Mediacorp companies, including heading the Group’s Corporate Communications department. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant editor at TODAY, an English daily news freesheet. Genevieve has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the National University of Singapore.
Outside of work, Genevieve is an avid film buff. She produced her first feature-length movie, A Month of Hungry Ghosts in 2008 and nominated for Best Film at the Singapore International Film Festival. Her latest movie Afterimages won a host of international awards including Best Feature Film and Best Special Effects in New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Julie YooJulie currently fronts the channel’s daily news segment, News Now. Prior to this, she also hosted Channel NewsAsia's Asia Connect, a fast-paced delivery of the latest news from the Asian region with "live" updates from correspondents in key capital cities.
Julie currently fronts the channel’s daily news segment, News Now. Prior to this, she also hosted Channel NewsAsia's Asia Connect, a fast-paced delivery of the latest news from the Asian region with "live" updates from correspondents in key capital cities.
Julie joined Channel NewsAsia in 2014 from Seoul-based Arirang, where she had a seven-year career, most notably as a news presenter for Prime Time News in the last two years and a presidential correspondent during the Lee Myung-bak administration in 2010-2011.
During her years as a Foreign Affairs/ Unification Ministry correspondent in 2008-2009, Julie covered inter-Korean relations, North Korea’s nuclear programmes and South Korean diplomacy and politics, sitting down with numerous heads of state and senior officials in interviews.
Besides news, she also hosted a weekly programme that goes behind the scenes of newsgathering operation, and co-anchored a daily news magazine programme. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts from Royal Holloway University of London.
China, BeijingJeremy Koh is Channel NewsAsia's Correspondent in Beijing, covering a range of political, social and economic news about China.
Jeremy Koh is Channel NewsAsia's Correspondent in Beijing, covering a range of political, social and economic news about China.
Some of Jeremy's previous assignments include the Thailand coup in 2006, Beijing's preparations for the Olympics in 2007, Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines in 2009 and the latest being Hong Kong's Occupy Central protests in 2014.
For Singapore news, he had covered some high profile stories like the collapse of Nicoll Highway in 2004, the Singapore General Election in 2006 and the APEC meetings in 2009.
Before his current appointment, Jeremy was a senior producer for Channel NewsAsia, producing weekly prime time television programmes such as On the Red Dot, which explores everyday topics of relevance to Singapore viewers, and Sg+, which examines complex long-term issues facing Singapore.
He started out as a reporter with MediaCorp radio before moving on to television news after about five years. He has also produced and hosted live radio programmes like Edutalk, a 20-minute talkshow on education issues.
Between 2010 and 2012, Jeremy was based in Tianjin, China, where he worked on the Tianjin Eco-city project under Singapore's Ministry of National Development.
Jeremy holds a degree in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University. He is fluent in English and Mandarin, and conversant in Cantonese.
China, ShanghaiValarie Tan is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent in Shanghai after spending some five years as a reporter in Singapore, covering local and regional news.
Valarie Tan is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent in Shanghai after spending some five years as a reporter in Singapore, covering local and regional news.
She has reported on several key political events including the APEC Summit in Singapore and the ASEAN Ministerial Summit in Laos. Among some of her most intense assignments was the 2006 aftermath of the Yogjakarta earthquake. She was embedded with the Singapore rescue and relief workers, providing daily 'live' reports of rescue efforts. In 2009, she revisited Aceh to film, produce and present a special series on how the province had recovered since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
Valarie is also trained as a video-journalist. She has travelled to the French city of Cannes, two years in a row, to cover the annual star-studded Cannes Film Festival as a video-journalist.
During her career, she has interviewed key newsmakers, from New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key, to Malaysia's action superstar, Michelle Yeoh and Lady Gaga.
Valarie has also worked in the field of financial news, having reported and presented for Bloomberg TV, and more recently in 2010, she set up and produced Asia's first regional English entertainment news show for E!.
Valarie holds an Arts degree in Political Science and English Literature from the National University of Singapore.
Hong KongRoland Lim is the Hong Kong Bureau Chief for Channel NewsAsia and from his base in Hong Kong, also reports on Southern China and Macau.
Roland Lim is the Hong Kong Bureau Chief for Channel NewsAsia and from his base in Hong Kong, also reports on Southern China and Macau.
With more than 15 years in broadcasting, Roland has extensively covered Hong Kong post-Handover and its integration back to China. These include milestones like the long-term street protest Occupy Central, the 1st July rally of 2003 when half a million dissatisfied Hong Kong residents took to the streets, the global financial crisis and its effect on Asia's economies, and the SARS and bird flu health outbreaks.
Some of Roland’s high profile interviews have included Nobel prize winner and former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore, former Hong Kong Chief Executives Tung Chee-Hwa and Donald Tsang, Director General of the World Trade Organisation Roberto Azevedo, as well as numerous top business leaders such as Richard Li of PCCW, and Mark Tucker of AIA.
He also presents the Hong Kong market report daily on First Look Asia, the premier 3-hour breakfast show, giving a look-ahead on what to expect for the trading day, highlighting the movers and shakers.
Apart from his roles as a journalist, and producer for special current affairs stories, Roland was also previously the Editor for one of the channel’s weekly business programme called Corporate Watch, now known as Money Mind.
Roland has an accounting degree, and prior to joining Channel NewsAsia, was a corporate tax accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Hong KongWei Du is Channel NewsAsia’s Northeast Asia Correspondent
Wei Du is Channel NewsAsia’s Northeast Asia Correspondent.
Before her current assignment, she was a business presenter in Singapore, co-hosting Asia Connect, a one-hour programme that was broadcast “live” out of Singapore’s financial district.
Wei Du had also hosted the channel’s business reality show, Invest in Me and Asia Market Report.
Before joining Channel NewsAsia, Wei Du worked as a reporter for Bloomberg TV in Hong Kong. Her career in broadcasting started after graduating from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she joined CNBC at its global headquarters in the United States.
Wei Du is a native of the Chinese city of Chongqing.
IndochinaJackson Board is a senior correspondent for Channel NewsAsia's Indochina Digital Bureau, based in Phnom Penh. He reports on all aspects of Cambodian life and also travels regularly throughout the region for breaking and feature news coverage.
Jackson Board is a senior correspondent for Channel NewsAsia's Indochina Digital Bureau, based in Phnom Penh. He reports on all aspects of Cambodian life and also travels regularly throughout the region for breaking and feature news coverage.
Jackson's career highlights with Channel NewsAsia include covering the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, on the ground disaster reporting following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and the 2015 Nepal earthquake, and the national elections in Myanmar in 2015 and in the Philippines in 2016.
Some of his other notable assignments have been in South Sumatra where he covered the dangerous haze, the Brazil World Cup, and sleeping in the jungle in the pursuit of illegal loggers in Cambodia's south.
Jackson is a keen photographer and videographer, which forms a crucial role in delivering digital-first coverage. In his spare time, you can find him travelling the world, whether it be the Middle East, Central America or Japan.
His home is Sydney, Australia, so he loves the beach and outdoors and spending time in sports.
Jackson cut his teeth in the industry at Sky News Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University.
IndochinaPichayada Promchertchoo is Channel NewsAsia's Indochina Correspondent based in Phnom Penh. She covers politics, human rights, transnational crimes and environmental issues in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos.
Pichayada Promchertchoo is Channel NewsAsia's Indochina Correspondent based in Phnom Penh. She covers politics, human rights, transnational crimes and environmental issues in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos.
She joined Channel NewsAsia in 2012 and was based in Singapore until 2016. During that time, she travelled across the region to cover breaking news stories including the military coup that toppled the Thai government in 2014, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and terror attacks in central Bangkok and Jakarta.
She also reported on general elections in Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, interviewed former Tamil Tigers in war-torn Jaffna, went undercover to report on child sex abuse in Cambodia, and interacted with pimps and prostitutes in Indonesia during her investigation into the flesh trade there.
Before joining Channel NewsAsia, Pichayada was working with the Associated Press in Bangkok. She started her career in journalism in 2007 as a news presenter and TV host for various programmes. Pichayada obtained an MA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster.
Pichayada enjoys photography, reading, playing the piano, and she also practises yoga in her free time.
IndonesiaChandni Vatvani is Channel NewsAsia's Indonesia Correspondent. Based in Jakarta, she covers a range of economic, political and social news about Southeast Asia's largest economy
Chandni Vatvani is Channel NewsAsia's Indonesia Correspondent. Based in Jakarta, she covers a range of economic, political and social news about Southeast Asia's largest economy. Chandni began her career in broadcast at CNBC Asia in Singapore, where she produced business stories and covered aspects of the global economy.
Upon her move to Jakarta, she freelanced, covering events like the World Economic Forum on East Asia, before joining a production house. Some of her memorable assignments include reports on Indonesia's forest fires, and an interview with Indonesia's former head of counter-terrorism, Saud Usman Nasution.
Chandni ventured into journalism throughout her university years where she interned at the Associated Press and Al Jazeera English in Kuala Lumpur, as well as Thomson Reuters in Jakarta. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media from Coventry University and her Diploma in Communication from Taylor’s University in Malaysia.
IndonesiaSaifulbahri Ismail joins the Indonesian Bureau in Jakarta in 2015.
Saifulbahri Ismail joins the Indonesian Bureau in Jakarta in 2015.
Prior to this, Saiful was a reporter at the local desk, covering news and events in Singapore.
He has covered elections in Singapore, and Malaysia since 2001. Saiful also reported on the Indonesian parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014, which saw Joko Widodo elected as Indonesia's 7th President.
In December 2014, he was part of the Mediacorp team who went to Bangka Belitung to report on the crash of AirAsia flight QZ850. The team was the first foreign media to arrive there.
He began his career as a radio reporter with Radio Singapore International, a short-wave station offering news and information in the region. Saiful loves rock music, and some of his favorite bands include Asia, Journey, Survivor, and White Lion.
JapanMichiyo Ishida has been Channel NewsAsia’s Japan Bureau Chief, based in Tokyo since the inception of the channel in 1999.
Michiyo Ishida has been Channel NewsAsia’s Japan Bureau Chief, based in Tokyo since the inception of the channel in 1999.
Michiyo has extensively covered the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan’s General Elections, and territorial disputes.
Before joining Channel NewsAsia, she had worked as a Television reporter for NHK's “Today's Japan” and occasionally reads the business news from Tokyo for “ABC World News Now”.
She spent 10 years presenting infotainment shows and sports programmes for NHK's English radio service. She also had her own radio show with Tokyo FM.
Born in Tokyo, Michiyo was raised in New York and Sao Paulo. She graduated from Japan’s Sophia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Merit).
Apart from English and Japanese, she speaks some Portuguese and Spanish. For leisure, Michiyo enjoys watching pro baseball and sumo wrestling.
Lim Yun Suk
KoreaLim Yun Suk is Channel NewsAsia’s Korea Bureau Chief based in Seoul. She has spent more than 10 years covering Korea for international wires such as Reuters, Agence France Presse and Bloomberg.
Lim Yun Suk
Korea Bureau Chief
Lim Yun Suk is Channel NewsAsia’s Korea Bureau Chief based in Seoul.
She has spent more than 10 years covering Korea for international wires such as Reuters, Agence France Presse and Bloomberg.
Her first encounter with TV news was back in 2000 with Channel NewsAsia. She offered viewers a rare glimpse into North Korea during the historic summit between leaders of South and North Korea. With her in-depth stories, she has given international viewers a better understanding of the conflict on the peninsula.
Yun Suk left Channel NewsAsia briefly in 2004 to join Bloomberg to cover finance and business stories in South Korea. She rejoined in March 2006 as its Korea Bureau Chief.
Yun Suk graduated from George Washington University in the US with a degree in International Affairs.
Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and swimming.
MalaysiaMelissa Goh is Channel NewsAsia's correspondent for Malaysia. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Melissa has covered major events including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and Non-Aligned Movement meetings.
Melissa Goh began her career in journalism as a broadcast journalist and newscaster with Malaysia's first privatised TV network, TV3, in 1996.
She hosted TV3's popular weekly business and financial programme "Money Matters" from 1997-1998, which tackled the Asian financial crisis and political fallouts following the Thai Baht meltdown.
Melissa subsequently joined the Television Corporation of Singapore in 1999 as a business presenter before moving to Channel NewsAsia as a news producer. She is now Channel NewsAsia’s Malaysia correspondent.
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Melissa has covered major events including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and Non-Aligned Movement meetings.
More recently, she reported on the leadership transition from Asia's longest-serving leader, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to Mr. Abdullah Badawi in 2003, the country's general election in 2004 and the Asian Tsunami disaster. She has held exclusive interviews with both Dr. Mahathir and his successor Mr. Abdullah.
Melissa is a law graduate from the University of Leicester in Britain. She is also trained in ballet and piano, and is active in the Malaysian arts scene. She took on a singing and acting role as the Chinese Empress in the highly acclaimed full-length musical "Puteri Hang Li Po", produced by Istana Budaya and sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism in 2004.
Her weekends are spent catching up on her favourite pastimes: reading, horseback riding, playing the piano and swimming.
MalaysiaSumisha Naidu is Channel NewsAsia's Malaysia correspondent, covering issues ranging from politics to business to human interest stories.
Sumisha Naidu is Channel NewsAsia's Malaysia correspondent, covering issues ranging from politics to business to human interest stories.
Within five years of her journalism career, Sumisha was assigned to cover major events in Malaysia and its neighbouring countries such as the 2013 general elections, 2014's three aviation tragedies (the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' Flight MH370, the downing of flight MH17 and AirAsia's QZ8501 crash), US President Barack Obama's historic trip to Malaysia, the ASEAN Summits in 2015, the floods that displaced thousands in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia in 2014 and more. In 2015, she was a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year at the Mediacorp News Awards.
Prior to joining Channel NewsAsia, she was a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Asia Pacific News Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and a reporter and presenter for Malaysian online news site, KiniTV.
Sumisha has a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of Melbourne and graduated with distinction with a Master of Communications (Journalism) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
MyanmarMay Wong is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent based in Myanmar. She has been a journalist for over 15 years covering mainly political and economic news.
May Wong is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent based in Myanmar. She has been a journalist for over 15 years covering mainly political and economic news. Some of her assignments include a number of international conferences like the first Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forums, the latest of which was in Yokohama in 2010, and the Davos World Economic Forum in 2008. For Singapore news, she covered some high profile stories like the Pedra Branca hearing in the Hague, the National Kidney Foundation trial and the Singapore General Election and Presidential Election, both in 2011.
After returning from her British Chevening postgraduate scholarship at King's College London in early 2013, she started reporting out of Myanmar, interviewing local ministers from various sectors like finance, information and tourism.
May started out at MediaCorp as a reporter with radio, before moving on to television news after about nine years. She graduated from Arizona State University. For pleasure, May enjoys travelling and having meals and conversations with family and friends.
PhilippinesAya Lowe is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent in the Philippines, based in Manila.
Aya Lowe is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent in the Philippines, based in Manila.
In her 7 years of journalism experience, she has worked across all mediums; print, photography, video, digital and radio in search of the best way to tell a story.
She has crossed the isolated Northern region of Vietnam on motorbike, been inked by the last tattoo artist of the Kalinga tribe in the Philippines, hunted for anacondas in the Amazon and stayed with the roaming Bedouins of the Negev Desert in Israel, all in the name of work.
Some of the recent news events that she has covered with Channel NewsAsia include the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and the varying recovery stages in the year afterwards, the devastation caused by Typhoon Hagupit and the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015.
Prior joining the channel in 2014, Aya was engaged in freelance work with bylines in The Guardian, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Vice and South China Morning Post among others.
This followed a very intensive stint at Rappler.com as a multi-media business reporter where she learnt the fine art of multi-tasking by filming, tweeting and writing simultaneously as she interviewed some of Manila’s most powerful business figures. Aya has also worked in Dubai at Gulf News. Some of her memorable stories include reporting on camel beauty contests, the world’s tallest tower and the boom and bust of Dubai’s glitzy real estate industry.
Aya graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Arabic and French and followed it up with a postgrad at Ateneo de Manila in Journalism. She is now finishing off a diploma in Photojournalism at Ateneo de Manila.
Southeast AsiaSujadi Siswo is Channel NewsAsia's Senior Southeast Asia Correspondent. He was Indonesia Bureau Chief, an appointment held since 2005 that saw the veteran journalist based in Jakarta, busy providing in-depth coverage of the Yudhoyono administration and disasters like the October 2005 Bali Bombings and the Java earthquake in May 2006.
Senior South-East Asia Correspondent
Sujadi Siswo is Channel NewsAsia's Senior Southeast Asia Correspondent.
The former Indonesia Bureau Chief, appointed to Jakarta in 2005, saw the veteran journalist, busy providing in-depth coverage of the Yudhoyono administration and disasters like the October 2005 Bali Bombings and the Java earthquake in May 2006. He joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 1989 as a Malay news presenter .
During his early years in journalism, Sujadi reported extensively on developments in the local Malay/Muslim Community for Malay and English news. He also delivered live commentaries for national events in Singapore, such as the National Day Parade, General Elections and Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremonies.
Among his memorable assignments overseas were the collapse of the Highland Towers Condominium in Kuala Lumpur and two Malaysian General Elections in Kelantan. Sujadi subsequently became a roving Political Correspondent for Channel NewsAsia, shuttling between Singapore and Jakarta. In 2004, he travelled to Southern Thailand to report on the political developments in the restive provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
Sujadi graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Malay Studies.
TaiwanVictoria Jen is Channel NewsAsia’s correspondent in Taiwan. Prior to her current posting, she was a senior producer for Channel NewsAsia in Singapore from 2008 to 2010.
Victoria Jen is Channel NewsAsia’s correspondent in Taiwan.
Prior to her current posting, she was a senior producer for Channel NewsAsia in Singapore from 2008 to 2010. She was previously reporting with Taiwan’s CTI TV, covering international news in Mandarin. Her other assignments include working with Agence France-Presse in Taipei, as well as English radio station, ICRT, and The China Post newspaper.
Throughout her career, she had interviewed world-class business leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Dell Computer chairman, Michael Dell, Acer Inc. founder, Stan Shih, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. chairman, Morris Chang. Victoria graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nanyang Technological University with Master of Science in International Relations. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Boston University.
She is fluent in Mandarin and English, and speaks conversational Japanese. For leisure, she enjoys watching movies, reading and swimming.
Thailand, BangkokPanu Wongcha-um is Channel NewsAsia's Indochina Correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Panu Wongcha-um is Channel NewsAsia's Indochina Correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand.
A broadcast journalist since 2010, Panu has covered extensively many political, economic and cultural events in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Among the key events he has covered are the 2013 to 2014 Thai military coup and subsequent political developments, the 2015 Erawan Shrine bomb attack, the sectarian conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and the mass exodus of the Rohingya migrants, and the 2015 Myanmar general elections.
Prior to joining Channel NewsAsia, Panu was a reporter and presenter for Thailand's MCOT Public Company Limited, covering news development from across Southeast Asia on issues ranging from the economic development of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the opening up and political transformation of Myanmar, the ongoing insurgency and peace-building efforts in Thailand's Deep South, to the rise of religious fundamentalism in the Southeast Asian region.
Before becoming a journalist, Panu had briefly worked for a non-governmental organisation in Southern Thailand, coordinating relief efforts after the devastations of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Panu graduated with a Master of Arts in History from the National University of Singapore and was a recipient of the ASEAN Scholarship as well as the NUS Research Scholarship. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History and International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Thailand, BangkokSaksith Saiyasombut is Channel NewsAsia’s Indochina Correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Saksith Saiyasombut is Channel NewsAsia’s Indochina Correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand, covering the latest political, social and economic developments in Thailand.
Prior to this assignment, Saksith had previously filed reports for Channel NewsAsia on major news events including the 2011 Thai flood crisis, the visits of US President Barack Obama to Bangkok and Yangon in 2012 and the 2013 Bangkok Gubernatorial Elections.
He started his international journalistic career as a Thai political blogger in 2010, and building a portfolio of insightful analysis and colourful commentary on the ”Siam Voices” blog at Asian Correspondent, for which he was a contributing writer until May 2016. During this time, Saksith has covered Thailand’s often tumultuous political scene including the 2011 Thai elections, 2013-14 anti-government protests, 2014 Thai military coup and its aftermath, 2015 Erawan Shrine bomb attack, as well as human rights, media freedom and social issues.
He has also regularly appeared as an analyst and commentator on Thai politics on international networks, broadcasters and media outlets from around the world.
Saksith was born and raised in Bremen, Germany, where he briefly worked as a local newspaper reporter before attending the University of Hamburg to study Southeast Asian Studies. He is fluent in English, Thai and German.
VietnamTan Qiuyi is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent in Vietnam covering the political, social and economic aspects of life in that dynamic Southeast Asian nation.
Tan Qiuyi is Channel NewsAsia’s Correspondent in Vietnam covering the political, social and economic aspects of life in that dynamic Southeast Asian nation.
Prior to her appointment, Qiuyi had been on numerous assignments as part of the press corp accompanying Singapore’s ministers on overseas visits. She also reported on Singapore housing, labour, politics and education for the channel. Some of her liveliest reports were about the environment, animal welfare and growing civil society voices. She has followed the trail of wild boars in Singapore’s nature reserves, and told the story of the coral reefs in the southern islands which manage to survive right next to some of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
Before becoming a reporter, Qiuyi managed cross-cultural projects that brought academics, journalists, political and religious leaders together at the Asia-Europe Foundation.
She read English at the National University of Singapore. Qiuyi and her husband now reside in Hanoi.