Phuong Ly has nearly 20 years of experience working at the intersection of media and social justice. Before becoming an independent consultant, she was executive director of the Institute for Justice & Journalism, which provided training for journalists and nonprofits, funded reporting, and developed digital resources.
Phuong was selected for the French American Foundation’s 2015 Young Leaders program and was a 2011 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. As a reporter for the Washington Post, she wrote award-winning stories about immigrants, and a portfolio of her work was published in an anthology of “Best Newspaper Writing.” She began her career as a reporter for the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, where she covered low-income neighborhoods and public housing.
Phuong is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in history and journalism. She is a double Southerner – born in South Vietnam and raised in the American South. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.