Ailsa Chang Ailsa Chang is a correspondent for NPR's Planet Money team.
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Ailsa Chang

Correspondent, Planet Money

Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who is a correspondent for NPR's Planet Money team. She landed in public radio after spending six years as a lawyer.

Previously, she was a congressional correspondent with NPR's Washington desk. She has covered battles over Supreme Court nominees, healthcare, immigration, gun control and the federal budget.

Chang started out as a radio reporter in 2009, and has since earned a string of national awards for her work. In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her investigation on the New York City Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" policy and allegations of unlawful marijuana arrests by officers. The series also earned honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.

She was also the recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award, and an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors for her investigation on how Detroit's broken public defender system leaves lawyers with insufficient resources to effectively represent their clients.

In 2011, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association named Chang as the winner of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting for radio.

Prior to coming to NPR, Chang was an investigative reporter at NPR member station WNYC from 2009 to 2012 in New York City, focusing on criminal justice and legal affairs. She was a Kroc fellow at NPR from 2008 to 2009, as well as a reporter and producer for NPR member station KQED in San Francisco.

The former lawyer served as a law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

Chang graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University where she received her bachelor's degree.

She earned her law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she won the Irving Hellman, Jr. Special Award for the best piece written by a student in the Stanford Law Review in 2001.

Chang was also a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, where she received a master's degree in media law. And she has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Chang grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Renewed Calls For Patriotism Over Politics When Drawing District Lines

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Sorry: Demi Lovato's Not Sorry

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Same-Sex Spouses Turn To Adoption To Protect Parental Rights

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'The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane': A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

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After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

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Morning News Brief: Party Unity Tested, Far-Right Weekend Rallies

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Civil Rights Activist Argues To Keep Confederate Monuments

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News Brief: Trump Unveils Afghan Strategy, He'll Hold Rally In Phoenix

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Morning News Brief: Trump's Afghan Strategy, Total Solar Eclipse

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Morning News Break: Political Fallout From White Nationalist Rally

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News Brief: Trump Speaks Out About North Korea, Opioid Crisis

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Morning News Brief: North Korea Sanctions, Venezuela's Political Crisis

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Morning News Brief: Trump Backs Merit-Based Immigration System

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