Doris Truong

Senior Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies

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Doris Truong is Poynters senior director of teaching and diversity strategies. She helps newsrooms better cover their communities by providing the resources to recruit, retain and develop journalists whose diverse perspectives enhance the news report. She was the founding editor of The Collective, Poynter’s newsletter by journalists of color for journalists of color and their allies.

From 2013 to 2018, Doris was a homepage editor at The Washington Post. She drove the direction of on weekends, directed breaking-news coverage and used analytics to respond to real-time trends. Doris worked on all platforms at The Post over the course of nearly 15 years and is versed in journalism distributed on tablets, by push alerts and through email newsletters. She contributed to Pulitzer-winning projects including the Jack Abramoff investigative package and coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. Before The Post, she was a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News.

She is a former national president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and past vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. Under Doris’s leadership, AAJA updated and digitized the “Handbook for Covering Asian America” in 2012. She was awarded the 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award from Wayne State University and received the American Copy Editors Society’s Robinson Prize in 2013. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund and the Maynard Media Institute, and is a past board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. She is a 2023-24 Knight-Wallace Fellow studying ways to help journalists better understand their own gaps in life experience and to be more inclusive of their audiences.

Away from the office, she is likely to be collecting passport stamps or trying a new cooking technique at home. Find her at @doristruong on Twitter and Instagram.