Angela Yang is a digital and print reporter with a passion for highlighting systemic inequities through narrative storytelling that humanizes the numbers. Born and raised in California, she is a junior at Boston University pursuing a dual degree in journalism and international relations.
This semester, Angela is working at NBC News as a writer for its diversity-focused verticals: NBC Asian America, NBCBLK, NBC Latino and NBC Out. Come summer, she’ll cover careers and leadership as a reporting intern for The Wall Street Journal. And as a freelancer, she fact-checks “Proof,” a Webby Award-winning podcast by America’s Test Kitchen.
I just completed a semester working full-time at The Boston Globe as a business correspondent, writing multiple front-page stories during my stint. This past summer, I stayed on full-time at GBH, a Boston NPR station, to produce its radio news program Under the Radar with Callie Crossley after interning there for the spring.
During the spring of 2021, I published an article in Poynter examining systemic barriers in the journalism industry that drive low-income reporters out, and spearheaded a data investigation for CBS Boston about the distribution of Paycheck Protection Program loans in Boston. I was also a recipient of ProPublica’s 2021 Diversity Scholarship.
Throughout my fall 2020 semester as editor-in-chief of BU’s award-winning independent newspaper The Daily Free Press, my staff published more than 1,000 stories. We broke news on and investigated BU’s campus reopening throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of this, I also led the FreeP’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election, localizing national stories to bring value to our readers.
When the pandemic first hit, I remained in Boston while BU’s campus emptied out to cover the reverberations. I told the stories of students stranded in near-empty dorms, as well as of local businesses who suffered the sudden loss of college customers.
Just before then, when Harvard University became one of the first schools to send students home, I traveled to its campus to report on the impact of this decision on low-income students. The resulting short documentary is published in the Harvard Political Review.
In the summer of 2020, I took my pen and camera through the neighborhoods of Boston to document back-to-back nights of conflict and conciliation between protestors and police. Read about my experience in this feature article from BU’s College of Communication.
Prior to my time as EIC, I was the FreeP’s city editor. I reported breaking metro news as Massachusetts navigated a pandemic-induced shutdown, as well as analyzed how COVID-19 was affecting various sectors of life — such as why liquor stores remained open while other businesses shuttered, and how senior home care services continued to operate.
During the 2020 Democratic primary race, I covered three election stories on Super Tuesday in Massachusetts, one of which zoned in on the less-covered Green Party. I also coordinated the paper’s coverage of the New Hampshire primary, during which I reported on the ground at Joe Biden‘s watch party before editing all other election stories that night.
In addition to regularly covering local policy, housing, business and transportation, I especially enjoy reporting simply on my curiosities. This led me to discover that Massachusetts was experiencing a shortage of caretakers for seniors, what it was like to be unhoused in Boston during winter and where old train cars go after they retire.
My first semester of college, I investigated why small businesses were struggling to enter the Massachusetts marijuana market and found that red tape in licensing was pushing all but the wealthiest out of the industry. When local news stations reported immediately on a statistic that named a Boston neighborhood as having the highest rent in the country, I called local experts and discovered the number was skewed.
I ended my time at The Daily Free Press with more than 80 bylines. Although I’ve finished my final semester at the student newsroom I love so much, I can’t wait to continue sharing stories from the communities around me.