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About Helen

Helen ChangHelen Chang is a journalist, editor, writer, ghostwriter, and videojournalist, specializing in business, motivational and lifestyle topics.

The former business editor of San Diego News Network, SDNN.com, she covered topics including: green and clean tech, social media, venture capital, real estate, personal finance and economic trends. She also wrote selected lifestyle features.

Her stories have impact. One story for Joeconsumer.com hit Digg’s front page within 12 hours of posting. Another story about  “American Idol” singer Adam Lambert got so many hits, it crashed the SDNN server.  Another piece, “Small businesses use social media to attract customers,”  has been Tweeted 97 times and counting.

Over the years, Helen’s stories have appeared in numerous publications, including MSNBC.com, Fodors.com, About.com, BusinessWeek, International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Business Journal, Elle and Plenty. She has also produced business programs for a Dow Jones TV channel, now CNBC.

Active in the journalism industry, Helen is a board member of the Society of Professional Journalists – San Diego chapter (2009 – 2010); board member of the Asian American Journalists Association – San Diego chapter (2007 – 2010); and a member of the San Diego Press Club.

She has spearheaded several multimedia workshops, on topics including social media, videojournalism, blogging and launching Web sites. She has also spoken at several industry events about online journalism.

Helen is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and master’s degree in journalism.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, she has called San Diego home since 2006. Upon her birth, her grandfather gave her a name that reflects the beauty of the Pacific — “Ocean Cloud” — which is “hai yun” in Chinese and “kai ao” in Hawaiian. “Kaiao” also means “dawn” or “enlightenment” in Hawaiian.

During off hours,  Helen strums a pink ukulele and dances hula with the Gracious Ladies of Ahonui, Hui o’ Hawaii San Diego.