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Crystal C. Chow


A dedicated environmental journalist and climate communicator in the Greater China region, Crystal Chow is an award-winning Hong Kong journalist and writer with 8 years of experience in covering Southeast Asian affairs, China’s investments in Africa, climate change and development issues worldwide. One of her professional focuses is to shine light on the multifaceted human impacts of climate change and the perspectives from the developing world in the Chinese language media. She also has a background in policy research and political communication. 

Crystal has previously worked for the Stand News as a Science & Environmental Reporter. Prior to that, she worked for Initium Media, a prominent digital media that targets Chinese-speaking readers worldwide, as an International News Reporter. Her notable works include a series of in-depth, long-form coverage on the Philippines.

A former recipient of the Earth Journalism Network’s CCMP media fellowship and Africa-China Reporting Project’s journalism grants, she won a Human Rights Press Award under the Chinese Feature News category in 2017, and the Environmental Story Merit Award at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards in 2019 for her investigative story on the illegal abalone trade in South Africa and its connections to the Chinese markets. 

Crystal holds an MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy, with an elective in International Environmental Law, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is also a Climate and Environmental Policy Editor affiliated with the Politheor: European Policy Network.

Area of Environmental Journalism Interest
Biodiversity, Climate Change, Cities, Oceans, Policy, Journalism Skills
Additional Areas of Environmental Journalism Interest
ASEAN, Adaptation, Air Pollution, Agroforestry, Cities, REDD+, Southeast Asia, China, Climate Finance, Fisheries, Pacific islands, Africa, Renewable energy, Climate Justice, cap-and-trade,


Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Job Title
Reporter (International News)
Media Type
('Data', 'Multimedia')
Organization Name
The Initium Media
Organization Website
Chinese (both Traditional & Simplified Chinese); English
Birth Year
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