Graduate Speaker: Juju Chang
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline. She also reports regularly for Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang's work often involves in-depth personal narratives, from the most extensive face transplant ever attempted on a former firefighter named Pat Hardison, to the multiyear coming of age odyssey of a transgendered teen that won a 2015 Front Page Award.
Chang covers breaking news from Superstorm Sandy to the mass shootings in Newtown, CT. After the shooting at Sandy Hook, she profiled a young family of gun enthusiasts for a special edition of "Guns in America." She's has since explored the issue of kids and guns, and the growing popularity of firearms among women.
Chang has covered global events and issues including the earthquake in Haiti and maternal and infant mortality in Mozambique. Her longer Nightline segments cover topics such as juvenile justice; rape on college campuses; race and policing; and addiction, including a report on the shocking epidemic of newborns detoxing from painkillers.
Chang received one of her two Emmys for team coverage of the California wildfires. She was recognized with one of her two Gracies for a 20/20 story on gender equality in the sciences. Her hour-long primetime reports include the story of murdered 8th grader Larry King, which examined the issues of anti-gay bullying; the impact of foreign adoptions gone wrong; and the struggles of people with Albinism globally, including the plight of Tanzanian albinos.
She’s interviewed artists from Tom Hanks to Celine Dion to Channing Tatum. A former news anchor for Good Morning America, Chang had previously anchored the early morning newscasts World News Now and World News This Morning in 2000. She began her career at ABC News as a desk assistant and eventually became a producer at World News Tonight. From 1996-97, Chang covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and the presidential election for NewsOne, ABC's affiliate service in DC. She also was a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco from 1995-96.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication. At Stanford, she was awarded the Edwin Cotrell Political Science Prize. Chang is married to Neal Shapiro and has three sons. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.