Bio: Award-winning U.S. public radio journalist and filmmaker Jocelyn Ford has been a pioneer in pushing for media freedom in East Asia, and amplifying voices of marginalized groups for four decades. Jocelyn developed intimate knowledge of both Japan and China as a journalist in domestic media, and went on to found the first news bureaus for the U.S. nationwide business show Marketplace in Tokyo and later in Beijing, In Japan, Jocelyn was the first foreigner for Kyodo News Agency to be assigned to the exclusive prime minister's press corps. There, her reporting on the WWII “comfort women” was a catalyst for the Japanese government to acknowledge a role in WWII forced prostitution. In 2001 Jocelyn relocated to China, where she became the first foreigner to co-host China Radio International’s first live news show. Her humanist reporting on 9/11 resulted in a Communist Party style “self criticism” session. For U.S. radio, she has reported on a wide range of topics, from the 2005 tsunami that struck Indonesia to Japanese therapy robots for dementia patients to the role of poetry in Chinese politics. Jocelyn’s groundbreaking documentary NOWHERE TO CALL HOME: A TIBETAN IN BEIJING has been translated into 11 languages. It premiered in the U.S. at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014, and went on to win acclaim worldwide, including in China. Jocelyn founded the Foreign Correspondent Club of China's media freedom committee and is a frequent speaker on media and diversity issues in Asia. Her professional honors include Overseas Press Club and National Press Club awards for radio, and prizes worldwide for her documentary, including the prestigious Japan Prize involving Japan’s crown prince.
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