Speakers, Performers and Panelists

V3con features an array of distinguished and exciting speakers! Check our Schedule for sample program and panel information!


Henry Fuhrmann is an assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he oversees the multiplatform editing desks and leads the standards and practices committee. He is a longtime officer and current co-Treasurer of the Los Angeles Chapter of AAJA.

Twitter: @hfuhrmann

Naomi Hayase is the current AAJA-LA chapter president and has been with Nikkei Newspaper in their L.A. bureau for the last nine years. Growing up in Tokyo, attending an American school has given her a unique outlook on life and she feels lucky to be able to use English and Japanese in her daily work.

Twitter: @nhayase

Susan Hirasuna is an award-winning broadcast journalist and former AAJA-LA board member who heads the weekend version of Studio 11 LA at KTTV FOX 11. This year, she traveled to Japan as a fellow with Foreign Press Center to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami area. Susan has also carved out a reputation as the resident foodie, and her work has garnered Golden Mikes from the LA Press Club and Emmy nominations for her half hour specials for Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Twitter: @SusanHirasuna

G. W. (Greg) Kimura, Ph.D. is the Japanese American National Museum’s President and Chief Executive Officer and immediate past president and CEO of the Alaskan Humanities Forum (Alaska’s state humanities council). Dr. Kimura has an extensive academic background as a department head and professor with a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Cambridge University.

Twitter: @gwkimura

Richard Lui is an American journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. Previously, he anchored at CNN Worldwide. Lui focuses on stories related to humanitarian issues, including the topics of gender/racial equality, affordable housing and human trafficking. Before journalism, Lui spent 15 years in business with Fortune 500 and tech companies. Lui’s community work spans 30 years and six continents, and he currently serves as an ambassador for Plan International USA and the Epilepsy Foundation.

Twitter: @RichardLui

David Ono can be seen every day anchoring the number one-rated newscasts in Southern California at 4 and 6 p.m. on ABC7 Eyewitness News. David Ono has anchored the news on ABC7 for 18 years. He has won three Edward R. Murrow awards and 13 Emmy awards with 35 nominations.

Twitter: @ABC7DavidOno

Steve Padilla is an assistant national editor at the Los Angeles Times. A 26-year veteran with the paper, he often serves as a writing coach, specializing in narratives, and frequently lectures on writing. Before joining the Times, he was a reporter with the San Diego Union and Hispanic Link News Service.

Twitter: @StevePadilla2

Denise L. Poon is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, a Media Communication company. Her career spans more than 15 years of broad-based communication for broadcast networks ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS and private clients. She currently serves on the National Advisory and Governing Board for the Asian American Journalists Association, where she is best known for many years of strong, creative event leadership, sponsorship and fundraising development for Trivia Bowl, the Chapter’s signature “fun-raising” event and the innovative, V3 Digital Media Conference.

Twitter: @Cr8tiveStream

Koji Steven Sakai is the programs manager at the Japanese American National Museum. He oversees the exhibitions and public programs at the National Museum. He has been at the Museum over 10 years.

Twitter: @ksakai1

Maya Sugarman is a photo/video journalist for KPCC, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. In addition to shooting photo and video in the field, she helps run KPCC’s visuals blog, AudioVision, and KPCC’s Instagram account.

Twitter: @mayasugarman

Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is known online — and offline — for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com. She is the Editor-in-chief and CEO of the popular Asian American publication 8Asians.com. She is also a long-time contributor to blogging.la, flagship site of the Metroblogging network, which she is now Publisher and CEO of. Joz was named “Chapter President of the Year” for her service to the AAJA-Los Angeles Chapter and serves on the AAJA National Advisory Board and National Governing Board. She was nominated for the 2013 Social Media Award by the Women’s Media Center.

Twitter: @jozjozjoz

Shawn Nicole Wong is an independent film and media producer based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. She has previously written for Venice Magazine and POP! Montreal Music Festival and has interned for ABC News 20/20 and Primetime. Shawn is the current National Treasurer of AAJA.