In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are featuring several journalists who have reported on relevant topics and would love to visit your classroom! Take a look at our featured guest speakers below, and click here to connect your class with a journalist. This opportunity is open to classroom and out-of-school time educators, as well as educators working with students in carceral facilities.
Journalist Guest Speakers for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Journalists can share stories about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans within the U.S. and across the diaspora or discuss how their own identities inform their work.
- Kayla Hui, a public health journalist who reported on Chinese immigrant truck drivers and mental health in the U.S.
- Sara Mar, a journalist who reported on the health inequities brought about by military activities in Guam and how Indigenous CHamorus are demanding a change.
- Varsha Bansal, an independent reporter based in India covering the impact AI has on gig workers in India.
- Nargis Rahman, a Bangladeshi American civic reporter who produced a podcast on surveillance technology and the broader community of American Muslims.
- Vijayta Lalwani, a freelance journalist based in India who reported on the LGBTQ+ community in India and the challenges they face.
- Sarahbeth Maney, a photojournalist who reported on race and class disparities in health care, housing, and violence risks by telling the story of one Samoan-American woman's pregnancy.
- Nithin Coca, an Asia-focused journalist who reported on environmental concerns around coconut farming and sustainability in Southeast Asia.
- Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque, who reports on the Rohingya diaspora and refugee community in the U.S., as well as his own experience.
- Anton L. Delgado, a multimedia journalist for the Southeast Asia Globe who reported on Cambodian forest management of "protected areas."
- Shakeeb Asrar, a Pakistani journalist who reported on the exploitation and dehumanization of domestic workers or "maids" at the hands of middle and upper class people in Pakistan.
- Gopika Ajay and Annick Laurent, filmmakers and journalists who together produced a short documentary about Moonlynn Tsai and Yin Chang, two Asian American women who started a grassroots initiative called Heart of Dinner to support Asian elders struggling with food insecurity and being targeted for hate-motivated harassment and violence in New York.
NOTE: Due to availability, we cannot always guarantee a specific journalist, but we will work with you to suggest several options based on your goals and meeting times.
About the Virtual Journalist Visit Program
The Pulitzer Center offers free virtual journalist visits to K-12 schools worldwide. We have worked with over a thousand journalists over the years, covering diverse topics and geographic regions, and we will match you with a journalist based on your request. We use many different platforms to connect, including Zoom, Google Meet, and Teams, and we will work with you to identify the best technology for your learners. Virtual journalist visits are a great way to help students:
- Understand how what they're studying affects people's lives
- Learn how research, writing, critical thinking, multimedia, and more skills are used in journalism
- Practice preparing and asking questions of an expert
- Get excited about using the news to learn about the world
- And much more!