Vanessa Hua is an award-winning journalist and writer.
She is the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan literary award. A recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, she is working on a novel, short stories, and a memoir.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, she covered Asian American issues. Previously, she reported on digital culture, technology, and minority business news. Her overseas assignments have included writing about adult adoptees in South Korea and reporting on returning expatriates in China. She has also reported from Panama and Burma, filing stories on human rights, AIDS, and microfinance programs. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times before heading east to the Hartford Courant. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker online, Salon, Pacific Standard, Washington Post, re:form, The Atlantic, and Newsweek, among other publications.
A Bay Area native, she is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program. She works and teaches at the Writers’ Grotto in San Francisco.
Achievements include the Asian American Journalists Association’s National Journalism Award — online/broadcast (2007),print (2008), radio (2014); the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter’s in-depth reporting award and the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. She is a past co-president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, ZYZZVA, Crab Orchard Review, Guernica, Calyx, American Literary Review, River Styx, Hopkins Review, and elsewhere. She is the first-place winner of The Atlantic student fiction contest,and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Aspen Summer Words.
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