Asia Pacific Media Educator


Michelle Tan graduated from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, with a BSc in Mass Communication in the summer of 2000. She started working as an intern at the St. Cloud Times in May 2000 and was employed as a full time education and military reporter in August. After her return from Afghanistan, she was assigned to the city government beat. Tan, who was awarded the Employee of the Year 2004 by St Cloud Times, spoke with Eric Loo on her experience as an embedded reporter with the 367th engineer battalion in Bagram, Afghanistan and the daily grind of bearing 35 pounds of protective army gear in 80-degree desert dusty weather.