The Asian American Journalists Association yesterday announced that former newspaper and television industry professional Ellen Endo will be the organization’s new executive director. Endo fills the spot vacated by the departure of Rene Astudillo, who has led AAJA since 1999.
“It is indeed an honor to be able to carry on AAJA’s proud history of promoting the highest journalistic ideals and sharing these principles with younger generations,” Endo stated.
Endo spent 24 years in TV industry senior management positions, serving as executive vice president of Republic Pictures Productions, senior vice president of MGM/UA Television, vice president of Embassy Communications, and program executive with the ABC network. She was instrumental in developing numerous television series, mini-series, and movies, among them the Emmy-winning “Separate but Equal,” which dramatized the desegregation of schools by Brown vs. the Board of Education, and Golden Globe winner, “One Against the Wind,” a historic drama set in World War II.
She also served as managing editor of The Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News, and chief operating officer of the nonprofit Go For Broke National Education Center.