Laurel Chor is an award-winning freelance visual journalist and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong. Recently, she has worked with National Geographic, Getty, AFP, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, the Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Free Press, the New Humanitarian, the Los Angeles Times, the Spectator, the Nikkei Asian Review, the Guardian, and Quartz.
She is currently covering the Hong Kong protests: follow her on Instagram and Twitter. She is available for assignments and for on-air or radio spots – contact her here.
Previously, she was the Asia reporter/producer for VICE News Tonight on HBO, covering everything 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. She also produced the special episode “Year of the Dog” about migrant workers traveling home for Chinese New Year, 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 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 for the tournament.
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