Alia wong

Alia Wong is an award-winning reporter based in Washington, D.C., who covers inequities in education for USA TODAY. She is also working on two in-depth reporting projects—one through the Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship and the other through the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information’s reporting fellowship.

Alia previously worked as a staff writer and associate editor at The Atlantic, where she developed its education section. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she began her journalism career as a watchdog education reporter at Honolulu Civil Beat. She was the recipient of two national awards from the Education Writers Association for work she did for Civil Beat, including the first place prize for a diverse collection of education-related news articles and second place for a series she wrote on several charter schools on Hawai‘i’s Big Island. She also won a first-place prize from the Society of Professional Journalists’s Hawaii chapter for her story “A Lost Child of Kalaupapa,” a piece she wrote in college as a Civil Beat intern.

Alia, who’s fluent in Spanish, graduated from Boston University in May 2012 with degrees in journalism and Latin American studies—each with a summa cum laude honor. She attended BU on the Martin Luther King Jr. full-tuition merit scholarship, which entailed leadership responsibilities at the university’s multicultural center among other volunteer activities. As an undergraduate, she collaborated with the BU Spanish-language and Latin American-studies professor Adela Pineda Franco to conduct research on the immediate and long-lasting impacts of the Mexican Revolution on United States policy, diplomacy, and intellectual thought. The project was published as part of the 2019 book The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage: Intellectuals and Film in the Twentieth Century.

>>> Alia’s resume is available upon request.


Alia Wong


Alia Wong graduated Summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and Latin American studies.

Career & Awards

Alia Wong formerly worked for Honolulu Civil Beat, where she reported on K-12 and higher education.

Alia Wong was the recipient of two national awards from the Education Writers Association for work she did for Civil Beat, including the first place prize for a diverse collection of education-related news articles and second place for a series she wrote on several charter schools on Hawai‘i’s Big Island.

Alia Wong also won a first-place prize from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii chapter for her story A Lost Child of Kalaupapa, a piece she wrote in college as a Civil Beat intern.

Personal Life

Wong was born and raised in Hawaii.


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    Alia Wong – Honolulu Civil Beat

    Alia Wong previously covered education news for Civil Beat.

    A Honolulu native, Alia returned to the islands in May 2012 after graduating from Boston University with degrees in journalism and Latin American studies.

    Alia was a longtime intern at Civil Beat before landing her position as a reporter-host. One of her stories, “A Lost Child of Kalaupapa,” won her the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter award for best online feature writing.

    But not all her intern assignments at Civil Beat have been as glamorous. During the summer of 2012, she had to tour (read: smell) some of Oahu’s nastiest bathrooms for her story The Dirty Dozen: The State of Honolulu’s Public Restrooms.

    She sincerely hopes her editors remember she’s no longer an intern.

    Before the birth of Civil Beat, Alia wrote for Honolulu Weekly. She also had a number of jobs while in Boston, including as a fellow in Boston University’s writing center and a research assistant on a long-term project that analyzed the relationship among the Mexican Revolution, international cinema and transnational politics.

    Alia is a self-proclaimed globetrotter and will do anything she can to travel to new places. She developed a fascination with Latin America while in high school and hasn’t been able to keep herself away since. Most recently she traveled to Ecuador, where she lived and studied for six months.

    You can follow Alia on Twitter at @aliaemily

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