Diane Stormont, veteran Hong Kong and Seoul journalist, dies at 52

After a brave battle with cancer, a distinguished member of Hong Kong’s international journalism community has died.

Diane Stormont, 52, was a former president of the HK Foreign Correspondents Club (1998-99) and a former bureau chief of Reuters HK. Before that, she was a reporter for the South China Morning Post. She also was deputy bureau chief for Reuters in Seoul. During her time there, she was president of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club from 1992 to ’93.

Most recently she worked at the University of Hong Kong as the director of the JMSC Digital Media Programme, teaching many of our AAJA members. At the 2011 New Media Conference co-sponsored by AAJA-Asia and HKU, she led a student team to cover the event live.

All told, she worked as a journalist here for more than 30 years – since 1981.

Ying Chan, AAJA-Asia member and director of HKU’s journalism program, invites all to celebrate and remember Diane this week.

“A wake, but more than that, a celebration of the life of an unforgettable and wonderful person will be held in the FCC main dining room on Wednesday, March 21, at 7pm.

All are welcome to give Diane the kind of send-off she would have enjoyed herself.”

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