Journalist Joie Chen has been named director of programs in Washington, D.C., for the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, according to a release, reports The Daily Northwestern, which added that Chen will head up the “strategy, extracurricular programs, activities, partnerships and operations” of the D.C. campus, where undergraduate and graduate students cover stories from the capital.

Chen previously worked for CBS News, CNN and Al Jazeera America. She received two national Emmy awards for her work covering the D.C. sniper attacks and the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing. Chen currently works as a consultant and host for CNN’s Courageous Studio for branded content production.

After growing up in the Evanston, IL, area, Chen — whose father is a professor emeritus at the Feinberg School of Medicine — received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Medill. She was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement in 1997 and has served on the school’s board of directors for more than 10 years, according to the release.

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