Anchor / Reporter
Chinese News at 10
Jo Wan accepts 2009 USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite special award – the “ commendation for service to a community” for her reports on female, black candidate in the 2008 election. On her acceptance speech, she said winning this award made her American dream come true.
Jo Wan was born and raised in Taiwan. She was recruited by Taiwan’s first cable television station, Taiwan News Network, as a reporter and anchor for the network’s newscasts. During her two years at TNN, she co-hosted the network’s live coverage of the two major democratic elections in the history of Taiwan; the 1994 directly elected Taipei Mayoral Election and the 1996 directly elected Taiwan President Election.
Ms. Wan came to the U.S. in 1996. She anchored the Mandarin News and hosted the weekly “Face to Face” program for KPST CH66 from July through December 2000. She has received awards from the Northern California Chinese Media Association for Best Reporting (1998 and 2000), and Best Feature Writing (1999). Jo Wan specialized in covering human-interest stories relating to cancer patients and the elderly. In one story the eight-year old daughter of a cancer patient who was featured told Ms. Wan that the tape would be the most precious prize to enable me to remember my mother”. Her report on the story won her the Best In-Depth TV News Award from New California Media in 2001.
Jo Wan spent one month in Beijing to cover 2008 Beijing Olympic game. Another memorable assignment is to witness the swearing-in of Obama as the 44th American President.