Alia Wong is an award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C., who covers education, families, and related topics for The Atlantic. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she formerly worked for Honolulu Civil Beat, where she reported on K-12 and higher education. She was the recipient of two national awards from the Education Writers Association for work she did for Civil Beat, including the first place prize for a diverse collection of education-related news articles and second place for a series she wrote on several charter schools on Hawai‘i’s Big Island. She also won a first-place prize from the Society of Professional Journalists’s Hawaii chapter for her story “A Lost Child of Kalaupapa,” a piece she wrote in college as a Civil Beat intern.
Alia, who’s fluent in Spanish, graduated from Boston University in May 2012 with degrees in journalism and Latin American studies—each with a summa cum laude honor. She attended BU on the Martin Luther King Jr. full-tuition merit scholarship, which entailed leadership responsibilities at the university’s multicultural center among other volunteer activities. As an undergraduate, she collaborated with the BU Spanish-language and Latin American-studies professor Adela Pineda Franco to conduct research on the immediate and long-lasting impacts of the Mexican Revolution on United States policy, diplomacy, and intellectual thought. The project was published as part of the 2013 book Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration.
>>> Alia’s resume is available upon request.