Kawala Xie    

Multimedia Journalist

I'm an International multimedia journalist with experience working for broadcast and online platforms. Based in Melbourne, Australia, I'm currently working for SBS (Special Broadcasting Service), an Australian TV and Radio network. 

 

I'm skilled in video/radio production and on-camera live presentation, and am able to work as a one-woman band (end-to-end reporter/producer).

 

My reporting experience is across politics, economics, military, and humanitarian stories. Have previously covered the White House, U.S./International politics, many in breaking-news setting. During last year, I produced more than 30 news reports on the ongoing US-North Korea nuclear talks.

 

I hold a M.S degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. My student reporting at Columbia focused on video and broadcast production. I also produced several mini-documentaries.

 

My reporting interests lie in global affairs and social issues. My future goal is to become an anchor and the executive producer of a documentary-type program focused on social injustice and humanitarian issues.

I have lived in America, China, and France for a certain period of time in my life so that I speak Cantonese, Mandarin, English and French very well.

Previous video and print works have been aired/published on SBS Radio, Shenzhen TV (深圳卫视), Al Jazeera English channel, Sampan.org, C-Média Europe, Arlington Public News, the Uptowner, and the Ink.nyc.

 

Work Experience

2016 / AUG - 2017 / MAY

Columbia University 

Graduate School of Journalism

Master of Science M.S

Focused on video reporting and production with coursework in deadline writing. One-woman band reporter covering breaking news and local general stories, with special interests in international and social issues

Video stories include art installation in NYC subway allowing expression of views over presidential election and a canvass for Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by her Latino supporters

Co-President of Asian American Journalists Association, Columbia Chapter

2013 / SEPT - 2016 / MAY

Brandeis University

Bachelor of Arts B.A​ 

International and Global Studies / French and Francophone Studies

Minors in Journalism and Economics

Studied a semester abroad in Paris, France

Member of Honor Society

2012 / SEPT - 2013 / MAY

Boston University

Major in Broadcast Journalism

Member of BUTV 10

2018.12 - Current

SBS

  Melbourne, Australia

Contributor

Write and produce (research/pitch, interview, photo/videograph) original English news stories for radio network’s Cantonese language platform; stories ranging from international and domestic issues to business and technology.

2018.3 - 2018.8

Shenzhen Media Group (SZMG)

Washington D.C., United States

U.S. Correspondent

On-camera correspondent covering White House and U.S State Department for Chinese broadcast television. Attended State Department press briefing and raised questions. Scripted and produced 3-4 news packages weekly airing on network’s core daily program, Greater China Live, first of its kind in Mainland China to cover international politics, defense strategy and other global affairs topics

Monitored, gathered information, and produced news packages on deadline under breaking news situations. Produced more than 30 reports on US-North Korea nuclear talks

Reported on events addressing international issues around think tanks in Washington D.C. Selected talking topics and booked relevant government officials and high-profile military, international economic, and regional conflict issues experts to appear on program

2017.6 - 2017.12

Al Jazeera International

New York, United States

Fellow

Researched and pitched stories with international impact for international network broadcast centers in Doha, London, and Washington D.C. Ideas from political debates such as gun violence prevention to climate change and business topics

Produced news packages (setting up and conducting interviews, monitoring video production) airing during network news hours; stories include price-gouging during Hurricane Irma, shift of NYC fashion industry, and how NYC’s first-ever cultural plan benefits low-income communities

 

Assisted in field production and other news planning for network’s New York bureau. Participated in field production during 2017 United Nations General Assembly

2016.10 - 2017.5

The Ink.nyc

New York, United States

Reporter

General assignment print and video reporter covering breaking news in New York City.


 Breaking news broadcast stories include presidential inauguration and protests of Donald Trump’s immigration policy

 

         Show staff of The Ink.nyc broadcast team. Occasionally went live from the field. Filled various positions on the show including field reporter, reporter on set, anchor, and line producer

2016.8 - 2016.11

The Uptowner

New York, United States

Reporter

 Covered beat of Manhattan neighborhoods Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood. Live-Tweeted and reported on presidential election


Published on websites The Uptowner. Stories include the State Attorney General’s legal dispute over the sale of a Harlem nursing home and the controversy over the NYPD’s body camera program

2015.9 - 2015.12

Arlington Public News

Arlington, Mass., United States

News Intern

Reported, shot, scripted, edited and tracked 12 news packages; handled on-air interviews and anchoring duties for local nonprofit cable television channel airing on the Newscast program. Stories ranged from local government and school news to pieces on reactions to the Paris terror attacks and local perspectives on China’s two-child policy

Conducted studio tasks such as technical directing, camera shooting, audio control-board and teleprompter

2013.1 - 2015.9

Sampan Newspaper

Boston, United States

Reporter and Translator

Covered Asian American community in Greater Boston. Pitched and published 15 bilingual stories in English and Chinese with photographs including pieces about college student events, immigration issues, and fund-raising events of non-profit organizations for bilingual, bi-weekly publication

Translated English news articles into Chinese

2014.9 - 2014.12

C Média Europe

Paris, France

Intern

Produced news packages in the department of technology. Covered Franco-Chinese political and cultural events and conducted on-air interviews in French and Chinese. Anchored for online media platform

 

Edited and produced the daily program on Chinese culture, C Demain, for the French television Demain TV

2013.5 - 2013.7

Guangdong TV

Guangzhou, China

Intern

Wrote scripts, edited and post-produced with producers of the health program

Coordinated with producer and director for studio management during program taping

Education