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Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen

News Engagement Specialist


Kelly Chen is a news engagement specialist at The Center for Investigative Reporting. She manages the day-to-day social media strategies and online engagement for CIR. In addition, she works to break down complex issues and ideas and create content for CIR's online communities. Kelly also works to increase engagement on and on other online platforms. Previously, she produced discussion segments for PBS NewsHour and oversaw social media and engagement efforts for the American Graduate project, a public media initiative on the high school dropout crisis. She's also worked at Southern California Public Radio and National Geographic TV. A native of Los Angeles, she studied international relations and English at UC Davis.


On Veterans Day, advice for veterans from veterans

From the long wait for benefits claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs' growing painkiller epidemic, veterans returning home from service often face new battles in civilian life. This Veterans Day, we're teaming up with The Takeaway to hear from veterans about how they've tackled such obstacles. We want to know: What advice do you

Nov 6, 2013

How do we measure media impact?

The Center for Investigative Reporting hosted Dissection: Impact. Educators, academics, journalists, social scientists and documentarians came together to discuss the importance of measuring impact in media and how to do it.

Oct 24, 2013

Five national security questions we’re asking on 9/11

Twelve years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the country continues to debate how to balance privacy and the fight against terrorism, a debate accelerated by recent revelations about snooping by the National Security Agency. We explore some of the questions surrounding national security.

Sep 11, 2013

California’s prison hunger strike is over – now what?

Michael Montgomery of The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, who has covered the California prison system for years, explains why the fundamental issues at the state’s toughest prisons have yet to be worked out.

Sep 5, 2013