Jia-Rui Chong Cook
Panel: Writing the Mixed Experience Professionally, June 13, 2015 11:00am-12:20pm, Nerio Education Center
Jia-Rui Chong Cook is managing editor of Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit in Santa Monica that blends humanities journalism and live events. Zócalo publishes personal essays and news analyses that end up on the websites and op-ed pages of over 160 syndicate partners (including Time, The Washington Post, and USA Today). She is the lead editor on a joint Zócalo-Smithsonian project called “What It Means to Be American,” a national, multiplatform, multimedia conversation that brings together leading thinkers, public figures, and Americans from all walks of life to explore big, visceral questions about how our nation’s past can help us understand its present and imagine its future. Prior to joining Zócalo, Jia-Rui was a reporter in the science and local news sections of The Los Angeles Times and a science writer and media relations specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is Chinese-American, and the mother of a mixed-race child.