CYNTHIA WANG 


Career Statement

I'm a writer, editor, reporter and educator with a strong background in magazines who is experienced in entertainment and sports journalism, celebrity profiles and pop-culture analysis.

Career Highlights

  • Covered five Olympics, six Survivor locations and every major award show during an 18-year career at People that included writing and reporting the magazine's first-ever profiles on Jay Z, Jennifer Garner, Jimmy Kimmel, John Mayer and George Lopez.
  • Reported breaking-news People covers on Rosie O'Donnell, Michael J. Fox, and the weddings of The Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan Sutter and Survivor's Rob and Amber Mariano.
  • Moderated The Paley Center for Media's members-only event in Los Angeles for the premiere of NBC's The Sing-Off on Dec. 2, 2010, with host Nick Lachey, judge Shawn Stockman and producer Joel Gallen.

Experience

WHO Magazine (2016-present)

Senior Writer, Sydney

  • Report and write entertainment, human interest and celebrity features for Who Magazine, People and Entertainment Weekly's sister publication in Australia.
  • Produce social media content while covering red carpets, parties and premieres.

WHO Magazine, People Magazine (U.S.), AdNews and Various Publications (2011-2016)

Freelance Editor and Writer, Sydney

  • Pitch, report and write entertainment, human interest and celebrity features for print and online magazines.
  • Produce social media content while covering red carpets, parties and premieres.
  • Key achievements: Writer of "The Birth of a Franchise" feature in CBS's 2015 commemorative book on 30 seasons of Survivor and co-writer of the David Bowie tribute cover for Who (Issue 2, Jan. 25, 2016). 

People Magazine (1992-2011)

Assistant Editor, Los Angeles 2007-2011: Wrote and reported stories on TV personalities and athletes, and coordinated a team of stringers and interns for red-carpet coverage and online assignments. Associate Bureau Chief, Los Angeles 2001-2007: Assigned stories to and supervised a team of correspondents and freelancers; managed special projects such as the Emmy and Grammy editions of the People Hollywood Daily, and reported TV stories and sports features. Staff Correspondent, Los Angeles, Miami and New York 1996-2001: Reported TV, music, sports and human interest stories and wrote Scoop and TV boxes while based first in New York, then Miami for four months, and finally in Los Angeles in 2001. Writer-Reporter, New York 1993-1996Reported and pitched TV, sports and music stories, fact-checked the TV reviews column the Passages page and features, and researched human-interest stories. American Society of Magazine Editors Intern, New York summer 1992Fact-checked and researched stories.

Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute (1994-present)

Instructor and Lecturer, Evanston, Illinois: Teach magazine writing, reporting and publishing as part of a five-week summer residential camp, commonly referred to as the cherub program, for 84 rising high school seniors at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. In lectures, speak on topics such as interviewing, profile writing, review writing, fashion writing and covering the Olympics.

AAJA J Camp (2008-2013)

Lecturer: Spoke on topics such as magazine publishing and entertainment reporting at an annual multicultural journalism camp coordinated by the Asian American Journalists Association.

Daily Northwestern, Inside Chicago, Furniture Design & Manufacturing, Campus Voice (1989-1992)

Editor and Writer, Chicago: Co-founded "Focus," the Wednesday features insert for The Daily Northwestern; edited the Daily's art section, "TGIF"; wrote, edited and reported human interest stories at Inside Chicago while also handling marketing; wrote and reported furniture industry trade articles at Furniture Design & Manufacturing; wrote and reported articles for Whittle Communications poster-sized magazine Campus Voice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Excellent foundation in celebrity news coverage, particularly with U.S. personalities.
  • Well-connected in the entertainment industry with many network, studio and personal publicists, and known for maintaining terrific relationships.
  • Effective at coordinating reporting teams, working with freelancers and interns, and delegating tasks to take advantage of each person's strengths.
  • Engaged user of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Professional Awards and Affiliations

  • Asian American Journalists Association (1993 to present, 2004-2010 National Treasurer): Received L.A. chapter honours in 2012 and was named National Member of the Year in 2009 for program leadership and fundraising on behalf of AAJA, a 1,700-member, 21-chapter nonprofit organisation.
  • Los Angeles Press Club: Honorary Mention for Magazine Features in 2009 for "Phenomenal Phelps," People, and nominee for Best Online News Feature in 2010 for "Inside Story: The Brave Last Days of Deadliest Catch's Captain Phil Harris, People.com.
  • California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons' Media Access Disability Awards: Winner of the Outstanding Impact Award in 1999 for People's series on actor Michael Zaslow. 
  • Society of Professional Journalists: Winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for Magazine Features in 1994 for "The Baby Trap: Special Report," People
  • Journalism and Women Symposium (member), the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (member), and advisory board member for the non-profit Go Inspire Go. Alumna from the Television Critics Association.

Education

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Ill. — Bachelor of Science in Journalism, 1993

Further Training

Asian American Journalists Association Executive Leadership Program, 1998.

Competencies

  • Regularly use the Apple suite of office products (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) and Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel.
  • Can use content tools for online publishing such as WordPress.
  • Familiar with Adobe InCopy.
  • Languages: Fluent in American English, basic oral Mandarin Chinese.

Interests

  • Collecting contemporary art, comic books and Uglydolls.
  • Writing trivia questions for AAJA-LA's annual Trivia Bowl fundraiser and participating in pub trivia.
  • Coming up with a killer video playlist for Rage.

Links to Stories

Brad Pitt at the Sydney premiere of World War Z: yhoo.it/1af7pmT Figure skater Michelle Kwan's wedding: bit.ly/174gaeQ Michael Phelps in Beijing: bit.ly/1af81Jk Actress Marg Helgenberger: bit.ly/17vIBmW Tennis star Anna Kournikova: bit.ly/plq4Am Interview with People founding editor Dick Stolley: page 17/20 of the Winter 2011 issue of Medill Magazine,  bit.ly/19dF106