Laurel Chor is an award-winning freelance visual journalist and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong.   In 2019, she worked with the New York Times, National Geographic, Getty, AFP, Reuters, EPA, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal,  NBC News, the Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Free Press, the New Humanitarian, the Spectator, the Nikkei Asian Review, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and Quartz.  

Currently, she is covering the Hong Kong protests: follow her work on Instagram and Twitter.
She is available for assignments, on-air appearances, and public speaking engagements. Contact her here.  

Previously, Laurel was the Asia reporter/producer for VICE News Tonight on HBO, covering news, culture and politics across the region: from the Rohingya refugee crisis to the Chinese social credit system, from the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother to Chinese "boy" bands, and from the earthquake in Palu, Indonesia to the war on drugs in Bangladesh.

During her time at VICE, she produced the special episode “Year of the Dog” about migrant workers traveling home for Chinese New Year, winning the Overseas Press Club of America prize for “best international reporting in broadcast media showing a concern for the human condition” in 2019.

Prior to that, she was the managing editor for Coconuts Hong Kong, where her photos of the 2014 Umbrella Movement earned a nomination for the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Award for Excellence in News Photography, while her feature on a young aspiring rugby referee with a skin disease won a SOPA Award for Feature Photography.

In 2013, Jane Goodall appointed Laurel to be the ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute in Hong Kong.

Laurel graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and played in the 2017 Rugby World Cup as a member of the first Hong Kong team to ever qualify.

Laurel Chor

Award-winning photographer and journalist based in Hong Kong.
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