Loretta Chao

Head of Startup Studio & Local News Innovation


Loretta oversees the Startup Studio, which supports local news initiatives in the establishment and incubation of startup organizations alongside a coalition of community stakeholders, local philanthropies, and management talent.

She got her start in journalism at Newsday and the New York Daily News before covering tech and business for The Wall Street Journal. Loretta has also worked as a correspondent in Brazil and China, where she won awards for reporting on internet censorship and surveillance. Most recently, she was director of strategy and operations at VICE Media, where she oversaw editorial strategy for its first direct-to-consumer subscription product and worked on programming and execution of its first major live-streaming news production.

Loretta is based in New York.

Loretta serves as a Success Partner to Capital B, Mountain State Spotlight, and Signal Ohio.

Success Partners provide close support to grantees over the course of their grant and serve as their advisor and main liaison to the American Journalism Project.