Melissa Chan is a correspondent for Al Jazeera and a 2012–2013 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
Chan was Al Jazeera English's China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012. As the channel's China correspondent, she covered everything from the economy, domestic politics, foreign policy, the environment, and social justice, to labour rights and human rights. Her work received a number of awards, including two Human Rights Press Awards, the Asian Television Award, and a nod from the Overseas Press Club. She has also reported from South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza, and the United States.
Her broadcast journalism experience began with internships in CNN's Hong Kong and Havana bureaus. Her first job was with ABC News in New York, where she eventually joined the team that produced World News Tonight. She received her BA in History from Yale University, and her Master's in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. Chan speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.