The Asian American Journalists Association’s Sports Task Force is proud to announce Aryanna Prasad as the recipient of the 2022 Michael Kim Broadcast Journalism Fellowship.
Prasad, a graduate of Louisiana State University, is the second recipient of the $2,000 grant, which is intended to support an early career sports broadcast journalist.
“Aryanna’s passion and dedication was visible across her application,” STF chairman Josh Tolentino said. “Michael Kim created opportunities for so many of us, and Aryanna has made it clear she embodies AAJA STF’s mission of ensuring there’s equal and fair AAPI representation in all newsrooms.”
When Prasad first came across the fellowship, she recommended young journalists apply, suggesting it would be a good opportunity for them to advance their careers. Prasad soon realized she was eligible herself, having redirected her career to sports media during the pandemic.
“It’s a blessing, and it’s really inspiring,” said Prasad on receiving the fellowship. “I saw myself as a non-traditional applicant…[but] I still have so much to learn, and I could learn from someone like Michael Kim.”
Kim is a groundbreaking sports anchor who opened doors for the Asian community at the Worldwide Leader. Kim served as an anchor at ESPN’s SportsCenter for 17 years and was one of the original anchors who helped launch ESPNNews. Now working at Stadium on Marquee Sports Network, Kim has been a proud member of AAJA for decades and is a Sports Task Force legend who has supported the group from its inception.
“Aryanna’s perseverance and determination are precisely the qualities that this fellowship is set up to reward and support,” said Kim, a founding STF board member. “How can you not be moved and inspired by her story? Congratulations Aryanna!”
Prasad, an Associate Editor at Fansided, said she plans to use the scholarship funds to invest in camera equipment and further her broadcast career. She studied political communications and international studies at LSU. Prasad is also an alumnus of AAJA’s distinguished VOICES program.
Her passions include reporting on the intersection between sports, politics and culture. Women’s representation and opportunity in sports media are issues Prasad cares about deeply.
“There are always these moments in sports where it can feel isolating to be an Asian American woman,” Prasad said. “And now I will always have this to say, that someone supports me and believes in me and the stories that I’m telling.”
For additional information regarding AAJA’s scholarship/fellowship opportunities, please visit: www.aaja.org/news-and-resources/scholarships-internships/
By Sandeep Chandok
The Asian American Journalists Association’s Sports Task Force is proud to announce Paulina Jeng as the inaugural winner of the 2021 Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship.
Jeng, a 2020 University of California Berkeley graduate, is the first-ever recipient of the $2,000 award, intended to support an early career sports broadcast journalist.
“I am thrilled with the judging committee’s choice of Paulina as the inaugural recipient of this fellowship,” Kim said. “She represents everything this award is and should be. I can’t wait to see where her career takes her.”
“Paulina emerged from a very strong pool of candidates,” STF president Josh Tolentino said. “Our 2021 scholarship/fellowship recipient pool drew the most applicants since STF began offering financial opportunities more than six years ago – a testament to the group’s rapid growth and also to our commitment in helping develop the next generation of AAPI sports journalists.
“Michael Kim is a legend in our industry and we are so excited to introduce Paulina as the inaugural recipient of the Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship.”
Jeng – also a past recipient of the STF’s ESPN internship (2019) – received the news that she had won the Michael Kim Fellowship STF scholarship while she was in her native Taiwan.
“It took me a minute to process when Josh told me,” Jeng said. “I was kind of still in shock and wasn’t expecting it. But I was very happy and my mom is here with me in Taiwan so I was very excited to tell her and share the news with the rest of my family.”
Jeng said she felt the Kim fellowship resonated with her background because of her passion for digital broadcast.
“I felt that this one was aligned with what I’ve been wanting to do and what I hope to do in the future,” Jeng said. “And of course Michael Kim being Michael Kim, I was very excited to apply for something that was in his honor. He’s been a role model for a lot of journalists so being able to do something with his support meant a lot.”
Jeng said it’s powerful to not only see other people who look like her in the industry, but also Asian American athletes making strides and becoming more prominent figures as well.
“It means a lot to be in this space in a time where people are a lot more cognizant of how different experiences are for women in pretty much any industry and celebrating that,” Jeng said. “For women to get that support from allies is really important and I’m excited to see more women come in this industry.”
Kim is a groundbreaking anchor who opened doors for the Asian community at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Kim was an anchor at ESPN’s SportsCenter for 17 years and was one of the original anchors who launched the innovative ESPNNews. Now working as the anchor of The Stadium on Marquee Sports Network, Kim has been a proud member of AAJA for decades and is a Sports Task Force legend who has supported the group from its inception.
Jeng said joining the Asian American Journalists Association has been instrumental to her career.
“Being a part of AAJA has been one of the best investments of my time professionally,” Jeng said. “It’s very powerful to be amongst people who understand your struggles in a very detailed way.
“It builds a lot of confidence and a lot of community as well. It’s an honor, really, to be in a community of outstanding journalists who not only have your back, but also believe you have what it takes to succeed.”
2021 Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship judging panel
– Tommy Tran, CBS Sports HQ
– Lily Zhao, FOX6 Milwaukee
– Melissa Kim, WBAL 1090
– Michele Steele, ESPN
– Cameron Kim, NBC Sports