Source: Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA & NLGJA Hire Veteran Journalist Bobby Calvan as Reporter for the Heartland Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2014) - The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has hired Bobby Calvan, former national political reporter at the Boston Globe, as the reporter assigned to the Heartland Project, a joint initiative led by AAJA and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) to increase media coverage of minorities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Nebraska.

Calvan, who has been a member of AAJA since 1999, will be based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Journalism and Mass Communications, a partner of the project. He will work with journalism faculty and students to produce stories and multi-media projects that involve LGBT communities and communities of color covering four topic areas: access to health care, economic recovery, immigration and domestic violence.

"Bobby Calvan brings exceptional experience to this crucial task of exploring diversity issues in America's heartland," said Gary Kebbel, Professor and Director of Mobile Media Lab at UNL. "His reporting experience at the Boston Globe, The Sacramento Bee and the International Center for Journalists, combined with his mentoring of students through AAJA, make him the ideal person to work with news organizations and students during his time at UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications."

Prior to his work with the Heartland Project, Calvan reported for the Boston Globe focusing on national political stories involving high-profile candidates such as Senator John Kerry, Senator Scott Brown and Representative Barney Frank. He has also worked for the International Center for Journalists in Laos as a foreign reporting fellow, The Sacramento Bee as a reporter covering health care and McClatchy Newspapers covering the Iraq war.

Abe Kwok, online news editor at The Arizona Republic, and Rhonda LeValdo-Gayton, radio host and professor at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., are members of the Heartland Project advisory committee and were instrumental in the hiring process for the Heartland reporter.

"Bobby Calvan is a dynamic, seasoned reporter, and we look for his work to better acquaint Nebraskans -- the entire country, really -- with communities and people in that state who are often overlooked," said Kwok. "We're full of hope and excitement about the project."

"Bobby Calvan will be a great addition to the Heartland Project," said LeValdo-Gayton. "His past journalism experience is a wonderful asset for the group and we all look forward to stories with great impact to come out of this endeavor."

To find out more about the Heartland Project, visit

The Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 1,700 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA's mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists, along with the Native American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. For more information about AAJA, visit

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information on the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, visit the NLGJA website at

Contact Information:

Media Contact:
Kathy Chow
Executive Director, AAJA
Phone: 415-346-2051 ext. 106