Role: Health reporter, KPCC

1. How do you describe yourself?

I’m the community health reporter at KPCC.

2. How did you end up at KPCC?

I worked at KQED as an on-call reporter and producer for almost a year and a half where I made connection with many other stations because I worked on a state-wide show. When the community health reporter position became available, someone at KPCC sent me the job posting to apply. Then the rest was history!

3. What's the best professional decision you've ever made?

I was getting frustrated because I really wanted to be a reporter but I was getting anxious about finding a beat reporter position at a public radio station. So I started to applying to a bunch of producer positions but I knew that wasn’t really a role I wanted. Eventually, I decided to continue pitching my radio stories to national shows so I got into a place where I was able to get a beat reporter position.  

4. What's something you learned from a professional setback or challenge?

Everyone’s path in public radio is uniquely different. I used to compare my own journey to others. It made me self-conscious and have low self-esteem about my work.

5. What's one thing you wish you had known "then"?

I wish I knew how small journalism actually is.

6. How have you leveraged experiences you’ve had and connections you’ve made at the AAJA conferences?

I have made some lasting connections in public radio from AAJA.  I have used them to connect when I’ve been looking for jobs and they have been able to alert me when jobs have been available.

7. What event in your career are you most proud of?

As of right now, the Reveal investigative story that I worked on where we unveiled how unsafe the Tesla Fremont Factory is.

8. What does your unique voice add to your media organization?

As a Korean-American adoptee who grew up in the Central Valley, I think I have a very acute and distinct knack for stories about emerging and underreported communities.

9. What tips do you have for this year's AAJA, NABJ, and NAHJ/NAJA attendees?

Meet as many people as you can and get their contact info. Also, if there is someone from an organization you want to meet with…reach out to them before the conference and make a coffee date when there. Face to face and one on one time is the best!

Follow Alyssa: @alyssajperry