About Ti-Hua Chang (Pronounced: Tea-Wah)
Ti-Hua Chang is an award-winning investigative reporter and is TYT's investigative reporter on climate change.
His reporting highlights include exposing that Rudy Giuliani situated New York City’s emergency-response center in a donor’s building at 7 World Trade Center, which collapsed on 9/11. Chang is especially proud of discovering four witnesses in the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, which helped jail the assassin 30 years later.
From 2015 to 2016, Chang worked as a freelance correspondent with the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition. He joined WNYW/Fox 5 in 2009 and until 2015 was a general assignment reporter. He transferred from sister station WWOR/My9, where he served as a general assignment and investigative reporter since 2008. Previously, Chang worked at WCBS-TV where he served in the same capacity. Prior to that, he was a reporter with WNBC. On 9/11, he was the first reporter to inform the public on the number of casualties that day, quoting city officials. Chang joined WNBC from WNYC-TV, where he hosted his own talk show, New York Hotline. Before he began his on-air career in New York City, he was an investigative producer at ABC News.
Chang is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1996, he won the prestigious Peabody Award for a series of reports he filed on accused drug-dealing murderers that led to dozens of arrests. In 2004, he won a New York Press Club award for his reports on a shooting at City Hall. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005 for a piece exposing police officers using a helicopter and high tech infra-red equipment to spy on private citizens.
Chang, who always reported, produced and wrote all his stories, did investigations that led to the jailing of the Detroit police chief for stealing drug forfeiture monies, showed how to buy a semi-automatic machine gun pistol by mail, exposed sex trafficking in New York and New Jersey, and revealed that hundreds of New York City buildings had been approved for fire-alarm systems without proper inspection because of corruption. That report resulted in the overhaul of the NYC Fire Department’s sprinkler inspection division.
Chang has reported overseas from Bosnia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, and the Philippines Chang has also won five Emmys; and journalism awards from the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Philadelphia, Denver and Detroit Press Associations, the Associated Press and United Press International.
Very active in Asian-American community affairs, Chang was both a national and local New York Board member of the Asian American Journalists Association, which gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Chang has been published in a number of magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.
From 2016 to 2019 he worked as a media and political consultant for Democrats running for Congress, New York State Assembly and New York City council races. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (in Biology with a concentration in Genetics) and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Chang was named by Columbia in 2004 as one of 10 most influential Columbia alumni in New York City, where he resides with his family.