Corey Takahashi (2004 - 2005)

United States of America

Corey Takahashi

Corey is American, born in Chicago and living in New York City. He is an independent journalist, audio producer and photographer. Corey was a founding member of the hip-hop magazine Blaze and an editor at Vibe. He has been a writer for Entertainment Weekly and Newsday. His writing has appeared in the Best Music Writing 2004 anthology, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and other national publications. Corey’s audio features have been distributed by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and the CBC.

Much of Corey's journalism focuses on the currents and crosscurrents of urban, immigrant, and international culture. His work has been recognized by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and his stories have taken him across North America and around the world. Among other wide-ranging themes, he has reported on the culture of post-9/11 New York, the social and musical changes of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, and the new political outlooks arising from post-Election Day Chicago.

As a Sauvé Scholar at McGill, Corey explored the question of what communication platforms--and journalistic styles--will retain relevance in the age of global media. He also conducted extensive "research" on the diversity of local cuisine, inspiring his first forays in food writing.

Corey obtained an Honors BA in American History from the University of California-Santa Cruz.

He is a past fellow of the Knight Digital Media Center’s multimedia and news entrepreneur programs, as well as, more recently, a scholarship winner for The Poynter Institute’s first-ever seminar on journalism innovation and computer programming.

For current information on Corey's activities, see Corey Takahashi

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United States of America

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United States of America



“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991