Laurel Chor is an award-winning journalist and National Geographic Young Explorer. She is currently an international producer for VICE News Tonight on HBO.
She has covered the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, the 2015 Nepal earthquake disaster, and the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement protests. Her work earned an award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for Excellence in Feature Photography and a nomination for their 2015 Excellence in News Photography award.
She is also the founder of the HK Explorers Initiative, a founding member of the HK Chapter of the Explorers Club, and the ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute HK.
Watch her TEDx talk about Hong Kong wildlife.
She is on the advisory board of the HK Shark Foundation and has previously worked on western lowland gorilla conservation in the Central African Republic, Chinese white dolphin research in Hong Kong, and an undercover documentary on the ivory trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Her environmental work has earned her the 2016 HK Adventist Hospital Foundation Women of Hope Eco Warrior award and spots on both the Loop HK’s Top 30 Under 30 and Tatler HK’s Top 50 Under 40 lists.
She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in international health and development. An avid rugby player, she was a member of the first Hong Kong team to go to the Rugby World Cup.