Alia Wong is an award-winning journalist who writes and edits for The Atlantic, covering education and related topics. 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 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.
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