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Melissa Chan mostly hoped to visit her aging grandmother in Hong Kong after receiving a master’s degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics in 2005. But she had also applied for several internships, and ended up with one at CNN. Her first reports were about citizens protesting China’s growing political interference in Hong Kong. Reporting, she found, gave her a sense of social contribution and a personally valuable degree of reflection. Chan had gotten her first taste of journalism in 2003, working as an assistant to the executive producer of ABC’s World News Tonight after getting a history degree from Yale. In 2007, she began working as a reporter for Al Jazeera English and in 2009 was named its China correspondent. She covered the Olympics and earthquakes. She exposed Hepatitis B discrimination on college campuses and illegal “black jails.” And in May 2012, with no explanation from China, she became the first accredited foreign correspondent to be expelled from the country in 14 years.