Michael Wong is the Director of Career Services at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix. In this role, he helps connect students to nearly 500 internships each year and his team assists students and alumni with job leads and research.
In addition, Wong directs the digital training center for the Dow Jones News Fund, and has placed top students from across the country in full-time, paid digital summer internships for such companies as The Wall Street Journal, NPR The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Austin American-Statesman, The Arizona Republic, Storyful and others.
Upon his graduation from Arizona State University, Wong started his career in Phoenix at KPNX-TV (NBC/TEGNA) as an associate producer/editor. He spent four years at KPNX-TV, two years as producer of the morning show. The next twelve years were dedicated to heading the news and public affairs department at KAET-TV (PBS). As the manager of news and public affairs and the executive producer of the award-winning prime-time nightly public affairs show Horizon, Wong helped plan and lead coverage of the Mecham Impeachment Trial and several elections, most of which won regional Emmys.
While he worked in television news, he taught a few classes at the Cronkite School. His teaching endeavors began in 1985— and he taught television production, writing, reporting and newscast production classes.
His 15+ years of international consulting experience includes coordinating training workshops for professional journalists from Bosnia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia.