Laurel Chor is an award-winning journalist and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong. As a photographer, writer and filmmaker, she focuses on stories about China’s impact on the environment around the planet.
Her ongoing photo project “Health in Harmony, Planet in Disharmony” looks at traditional Chinese medicine, its users, and the sources of its plant- and animal-based remedies. She hopes that the project can help spark an informed, sensitive conversation about Chinese medicine’s impact on global biodiversity.
Previously, she was the Asia reporter/producer for VICE News Tonight on HBO. She produced the special episode “Year of the Dog”, which won 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 worked at Coconuts Hong Kong, where she won the 2015 Society of Publishers in Asia Award for Feature Photography.
She is the founder of the Hong Kong Explorers Initiative, a project that encourages people to explore and appreciate the city’s wild side, and has given many talks on Hong Kong’s biodiversity. In 2013, Dr. Jane Goodall appointed her as 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 for the tournament.