ABOUT MONICA

 

I'm an award-winning multimedia journalist across television, radio, print and online. The thing I find most satisfying about my job is telling complicated stories in a clear and memorable way. I thrive under deadlines and take on difficult assignments in the field. 

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Some of my deployments have taken me to India during the 2019 elections, Hong Kong to cover the pro-democracy protests, and Ethiopia to experience the jazz scene.

In September 2020, I returned to the US after living in Asia for five years to join the BBC's DC bureau to cover the 2020 Presidential election. I served as an assistant editor of World News America,  an award-winning program that airs on PBS in the US and around the globe on BBC World News. Working closely with my colleagues in London and correspondents throughout the US, my team and I covered fast breaking news including the contested election results, President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings and the storming of the US Capitol complex.


When I'm back in the studio, I provide business news updates for the BBC World News on television, radio, and online. I also produced Asia Business Report, a morning program that takes on topics like the US-China trade war, the future of Huawei and 5G, and the global economic slowdown.  

Before moving to Singapore in 2015, I lived in New York City where I covered a multibillionaire mayor, Occupy Wall Street, the Black Lives Matter movement and Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Katrina. I was also in charge of coverage in New Jersey for CBS Radio's flagship station 880 AM and urban politics in Newark, New Jersey for NPR station WBGO 88.3. FM and WHYY in Philadelphia.

​My work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the New York Association of Black Journalists. I was also awarded a RIAS German/American fellowship in Berlin where I produced an award-winning documentary on jazz during the Second World War. At WCBS 880, I collaborated on news coverage honored with multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards.

But journalism isn't my only beat. In 2012, I joined the teaching staff at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism as an adjunct professor.

My own collegiate career began with an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. I received a scholarship to study in Cameroon, Central Africa. A few years later, I returned to my hometown of Philadelphia where I completed a Master of Journalism from Temple University.