Tini Tran

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Tini Tran is an international development practitioner and veteran foreign correspondent. She recently received her MPP from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and has a BA in government and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a journalist for 18 years, working at U.S. newspapers including The Los Angeles Times before moving overseas to work for The Associated Press in Asia and the Middle East. She got her first overseas posting in 1999, when she moved to Hanoi as the first Vietnamese American allowed to join the foreign press corps there. She served as the AP Vietnam Bureau Chief from 2001-2006 and also reported extensively across the region, as well as conflict zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. She spent a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2006-2007, before moving to Beijing, where she covered the economic and political rise of China. Five years ago, she left journalism to move into the nonprofit development sector. She then served as program advisor at The Asia Foundation’s China office in Beijing, where she oversaw programs on environmental protection, disaster management, and regional cooperation, as well as media and communications strategy.

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