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Jen Chien

Jen Chien

Senior Radio Editor

Biography

Jen Chien is a senior radio editor for Reveal. Previously, she was managing editor for KALW in San Francisco, where she also was host and executive producer of Sights & Sounds, an arts coverage, community engagement and community media training project. She has edited for podcasts including “70 Million” from Lantigua Williams & Co, “The Stoop” and Wondery. She has been a contributor to “All Things Considered,” Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s “The World,” Making Contact, the San Francisco Public Press, the East Bay Express, New America Media and KPFA in Berkeley, California, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Her work has won awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc., the Religion News Association, the San Francisco Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter, which named her Outstanding Emerging Journalist in 2013. Chien holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary performance from New College of California. Before entering journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher and massage therapist. Chien is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.

Articles

COVID-19

An Old Hate Goes Viral

Attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have surged since the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. This hate has a deeper history.

Jul 1, 2020
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Divided states of the pandemic

The federal government’s failure to manage the pandemic shifted the burden to local officials. We look at state responses in California and Florida.

Jun 13, 2020
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Reproducing racism

As racial disparities in health come into the spotlight amid COVID-19, we explore how the legacy of racism affects maternal health in the U.S.

May 23, 2020
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The cost of COVID-19

Can the biggest U.S. stimulus stave off home foreclosures, save businesses and prevent the worst economic crash since the Great Depression?

Apr 18, 2020
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Detained and exposed

Social distancing and hand-washing are meant to keep us safe from the coronavirus. But in immigrant detention centers, those measures are impossible.

Apr 11, 2020
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Essential workers

Farmworkers, grocery store clerks and airline employees are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. But what’s being done to protect them?

Apr 4, 2020
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Containing the coronavirus

How the coronavirus came to California and whether the response could have been better. Plus, a forgotten lynching in Atlanta raises new questions.

Mar 14, 2020