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Tony Yang, a profile in excellence

By William O. Martin, Staff writer.

Thursday, September 11, 2008—Reprinted from Monitor.

Tony Yang in uniform giving a thumbs up sign. Ohlone Alum Tony Yang Serving in Iraq. —Photo courtesy of Tony Yang.

Tony C. Yang, former Editor-in-Chief of The Monitor has recently accepted a job as a tech reporter for the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. This just the latest feat in a lengthy list of accomplishments obtained by the 26-year-old Ohlone alumni.

“It has been an awesome ride, but I am really looking forward to the future,” reflects Yang. Gaining confidence in his skills at The Monitor, he moved on to become the Editor-in-chief of The Branding Iron, the University of Wyoming newspaper. Afterward a job offer was given to Yang to be the business reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

Yang worked for prestigious papers such as The Oakland Tribune and The Chicago Tribune since his time at Ohlone and has had the opportunity to interview important figures such as California’s First Lady Maria Shriver, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former California Gov. Jerry Brown. He has won an array of reporting awards ranging from first place in General Excellence at JACC Fall 2004 for his contributions to The Monitor, to the CAP Award for a feature on acupuncture that he did for The Oakland Tribune.

In 2000, Yang joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was accepted to West Point. Yang eventually was called up to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. Stationed in Kirkuk, he served as a humvee turret gunner and completed a full tour.

“I made a difference in Iraq, and wanted to help out the community here at home so I considered becoming an Oakland police officer,” explained Yang. “But who wants to do that. It's too boring.”

Back in the States, Yang still wanted to help the community and upon arrival he realized that he would do so by going back to his passion, reporting. On April 14 of this year Yang got a job with The San Francisco Business Times reporting on small companies and doing profiles on green companies and business executives.

Yang is the type of person that is never satisfied and hates being stagnant so once he learned about the job opportunity at Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal he tackled it earlier this month. At the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal he covers emerging technologies and businesses.