My name is Shirley Wang. I’m a 24-year-old writer, radio journalist and producer from Iowa City, Iowa. My writing has been noted in Best American Sports Writing and I won a Public Media Journalists Association Award for ‘Soft Feature’ in 2019.
As a child of Chinese immigrants myself, I love to write about immigrant communities and about how things like race and generational differences tie into family dynamics. I produce in-depth and emotional pieces with standout characters around issues of everyday life. Hopefully, reading my writing makes people feel less alone. I’ve published pieces with NPR, The Washington Post, the New York Times, NBC, Popula and Chinese-language newspaper The World Journal. My professional training mostly comes from the radio world - I’ve worked for two NPR affiliate stations: Iowa Public Radio and WGBH in Boston and I’ve produced, hosted and edited three independent podcasts. I attended Tufts University and received a BA in Anthropology in 2018.
In December of 2018, I went viral. My radio story “My Dad’s Friendship with Charles Barkley” for NPR’s Only A Game garnered millions of views around the world and trended on twitter. I was on the Today Show, Buzzfeed’s AM2DM show and the story was mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel. It was named as part of the top '13 moments in Asian America that moved us in 2018' by NBC and was shared by celebrities Roxane Gay, Seth Meyers, Celeste Ng, Eddie Huang, Gabrielle Union and Soledad O'Brien. I wrote a follow-up to this story for Father's Day. If you liked this story, you can read this one about the Chinese Church in Iowa City, where my dad used to host New Years parties -- or this one about Vedant Gupta, an 13-year-old aspiring sports media influencer whose dad is also greatly entertaining.
I’m currently freelancing from Iowa City, open to assignments for essays, reported features and audio stories. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some topics I'm currently interested in:
-Diaspora, building communities and new "homes"
-Ethical travel writing
-Healthcare and hope
-Housing, Section 8 experiences
-Spirituality and religion
-Books and their authors, creative journeys
-Regular celebrations and events: Weekly gatherings, rituals, associations, forums
*If English is not your first language and you’re nervous about being quoted, no problem! I will never misquote you and we can work together to make sure your words represent your perspective.
Email me at email@example.com even if you only have an inkling of an idea for collaboration!
Thanks for your time and energy put into this.