Deborah kan

Founder and CEO, Being Patient; Executive Producer, The Wall Street Journal


Deborah Kan is a new media entrepreneur, media speaker and award-winning news anchor and journalist.
Executive Editor and Founder of Being Patient, she seeks to redefine health media by creating single-subject platforms around specific health topics. Being Patient is launching a news site this July solely dedicated to covering Alzheimer’s disease.
Kan was previously the Managing Editor for News Deeply’s Women & Girls, launched in partnership with the Gates Foundation. Women & Girls seeks to cover important female issues in the developing world, around health, education and crisis and conflict. Previously Executive Producer at the Wall Street Journal, Kan launched the Journal’s video and multi-media operation in Asia and grew it into a substantial operation, spanning nine countries throughout the region.
Kan has interviewed many world leaders and CEOs during her tenure as a journalist. Uber founder Travis Kalanick, Airbnb’s co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk and Twitter’s former CEO Dick Costolo are among technology leaders Kan obtained exclusive interviews with. When she interviewed Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt in 2014, Kan broke the story of Google’s criticism of the U.S. National Security Agency.
Prior to joining the Journal in 2011, Kan was a news anchor with Reuters Insider, Thomson Reuters proprietary news channel, where she reported extensively on the 2008 global economic crisis, China’s 2009 massive economic stimulus package and regulation reform in the aftermath of the economic crisis.
Her broadcast experience also includes roles as anchor of “Star News Asia,” the award-winning newscast on Newscorp’s Star World, as well as presenter of “Talk with Deborah Kan.” Throughout her career, Kan has conducted exclusive interviews with political leaders. She was also one of few international journalists to have interviewed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was the only television journalist from Asia to accompany the New York Philharmonic on their historic 2008 performance in Pyongyang, North Korea. Other high profile interviews include former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and former Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
Kan is a member of the 2008 class of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
She obtained a BA from the University of California and attended the Mass Media Institute at
Stanford University, where she studied broadcast journalism. She lives a peripatetic life, splitting her time between San Francisco and Hong Kong.
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