Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” She says, “I was born in Seoul and I grew up in a struggling immigrant family in California. I think that informs a lot of who I am to this day — who we are reflects how we tell stories and who we see. So I’m a mom, I’m a working mom, I’m Asian American, I’m a woman. All those things inform the way that I tell stories and the types of stories I like to see.
When I was in eighth grade, hostages were released in Iran after nearly a year of captivity and — this is how old I am — I got on my 10-speed bike and I cycled around the neighborhood yelling, “The hostages are free! The hostages are free!” This was clearly before Twitter, because I’m that person who wants to tell everybody things, and I think that’s why I became a journalist.
I do stories that are personal narratives, stories that illuminate some aspect of a national crisis, issue, or a flashpoint, so using personal narratives to get deeper into concepts. One of the things we say at “Nightline” is “show me, don’t tell me.” Don’t tell me a statistic — show me the people who are involved.
Don’t shy away from being a woman when you are telling your stories and when you’re giving your perspective, because all stories have a framework and it’s a net bonus that we’re female. I think in the old days we used to be like, “We’re just like men,” and I think the truth is we are not just like men — we’re different. Not better, not worse, just different.”
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