Jess Jiang Jess Jiang is a Senior Supervising Editor for Planet Money.
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Jess Jiang

Jess Jiang

Senior Supervising Editor, Planet Money

Jess Jiang is a Senior Supervising Editor for Planet Money. Previously, Jiang was a producer for NPR's podcast Rough Translation, where she helped tell deeply personal stories like the delicate friendship between a Chinese mom and the American surrogate she hires to carry her child, a civilian who marries a veteran and learns more about war than she ever imagined and a mom whose child is sure he belongs in a different culture.

Jiang has also worked as a producer for Planet Money. In 2014, she was part of the team that won an Emmy for the T-shirt project. She followed the start of the t-shirt's journey, from cotton farms in Mississippi to factories in Indonesia. But her biggest prize has been getting to drive a forklift, back hoe and a 35-ton digger for a story. Jiang got her start in public radio at Studio 360—though, if you search hard enough, you can uncover a podcast she made back in college.

She earned a degree in economics and environmental studies at Yale University.

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A 12-year-old girl takes on the video game industry (UPDATE)

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Auction fever (Classic)

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Marla Ruzicka, in her iconic sheepskin vest, stands in front of bullet-ridden cars in Kabul (March 2002). Kate Brooks/CIVIC hide caption

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Home/Front: Marla's List

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In this April 7, 2002 photo, Marla Ruzicka leads a demonstration calling for U.S. compensation to victims of the recent military campaign in Afghanistan, outside of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. SUZANNE PLUNKETT/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Home/Front: Marla's War

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Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley

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U.S. Army veteran Staff Sgt. Matt Lammers is one of some 60 vets who lost three or four limbs, out of 2.7 million who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eve Edelheit for NPR hide caption

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Alicia & Matt Lammers in their home in Deming, New Mexico. Bree Lamb for NPR hide caption

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Home/Front: Battle Borne

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Home/Front: Battle Lines

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Home/Front: Battle Rattle

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War Poems Revisited

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The Loneliness Of The Climate Change Christian

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A green sweater that Jessie crocheted in China while waiting for Jacquie, her American surrogate, to deliver her baby. Jessie, Reproduced With Permission hide caption

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"People who are stigmatized say they're made to feel that they are the disease themselves," said NPR correspondent Anthony Kuhn of some residents of South Korea, where the government publicizes personal data on COVID-19 carriers. Bernhard Lang/Getty Images hide caption

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The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

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The Planet Money peacock pie, in all its glory. Cameron Robert/NPR hide caption

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We Cooked A Peacock

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After feeling like he belonged more in Japan than the USA, an American 6-year-old drew the Japanese flag when asked to draw the flag of his home country. Autumn Barnes hide caption

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Mom In Translation

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