When Lam was selected as an MJ Bear fellow, she was a multi-platform reporter and instructor at NPR’s Planet Money.
The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Lam grew up in Germany. She received her bachelor’s degree in German in 2007 from University College, London and her Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 2008.
Lam received her MJ Bear fellowship while she was a multimedia reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong where she worked on a project dissecting China’s Housing Market, which won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award. She also received the Human Rights Press Award, an International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby and the Society of Publishers in Asia Award for Editorial Excellence.
“While technology plays an important part in telling the story, it’s still the story that dictates which media you use,” she said of her work.
The MJ Bear selection committee said: “(Lam) comes across as someone who truly has an international perspective of the world with a more ‘breakthrough’ approach to journalism. She is prepared to take risks.”
Lam also has worked as a freelance writer and photographer and interned with the Associated Press, Vidicon television production company, Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, Itchy City in London and Prinz magazine in Frankfurt.
She speaks German, Vietnamese, French, Italian and (in her words) “beginner’s Mandarin”. She has conducted multimedia workshops in Hong Kong, New York and Germany. She cooks, plays guitar and violin, sings Jazz and is a fierce soccer player.
Listen to what Lam said about her fellowship.