J.R. is a consultant and former journalist with media experience in Asia and the United States. Based in Taipei, she manages the day-to-day workflow of the BGA Taiwan team, serving clients on the ground alongside Washington, D.C.-based managing director for Taiwan, Rupert Hammond-Chambers.
During her 13-year stint with Dow Jones Newswires, which like The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp., J.R. covered Wall Street financial markets; China’s economic rise and its early moves into Africa; and Taiwan’s economy, markets and politics. In three years with Reuters, she was a core member of reporting teams that interviewed two Taiwan presidents, twice visited Taiwan-held Itu Aba/Taiping Island in the South China Sea and covered the historic 2015 meeting between Taiwan’s then-President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore.
J.R. is concurrently a non-resident advisor with the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. She most recently headed the institute’s secretariat, handling international outreach with external stakeholders for the Taipei-based non-profit think tank and leading a grant-based study looking at malign influence operations in social media. Her prior freelance work has covered due diligence projects and corporate governance analysis for multinational clients.
J.R. holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her career has taken her to Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Beijing, Johannesburg, Singapore and Taipei.