«Class of 2013

Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan ('13)

China correspondent, Al Jazeera English
mchan02@stanford.edu, @melissakchan

Project: Digital security training and tools for journalists facing potential hacker attacks from state-sponsored entities.

Melissa Chan’s interest in journalism came unexpectedly, after she started looking for a summer internship in Hong Kong in order to spend time with her aging grandmother there. She ended up at CNN and caught the reporting bug. As an intern, she helped cover citizen protests over China’s growing political interference in the city. After graduating from Yale, instead of going to law school as she had planned,  she joined ABC News in New York. She eventually joined the team that produced World News Tonight. In 2005, Chan completed a master’s in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, after which she went to Asia. Chan was Al Jazeera English’s China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012. During that period, she covered everything from the economy, domestic politics, foreign policy, the environment, social justice, labor rights, to human rights. Most notably, she investigated illegal detention centers known as “black jails.” She has also reported from North Korea.

Titles, employers and biography are from the fellowship year.