Sharon Tong leads The Media Consultants. She has 20 years of experience as a TV journalist and news presenter on Channel NewsAsia. From covering politics to national disasters, you would have seen her fronting many major news events, notably the Singapore General Elections, Singapore Presidential Elections and the state funeral of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. She has conducted many in-depth interviews with major newsmakers, including the Singapore Prime Minister and Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Besides being a regular face on the news, Sharon has also hosted discussion forums with guest panels and moderated live call-ins as well as live audiences during the show. These include, regular current affairs programme, “Talking Point” and the Singapore Conversation forum with key members of the Singapore political leadership. Behind the scenes, Sharon also trains news reporters and presenters, helping them sharpen their skills as journalists and mentoring them in their voice and presentation abilities. Sharon is also a regular face in the media training scene, having trained CEOs, managers, academics and executives in the art of handling a media interview. She has had a hand in training leaders from organisations such as Singapore Management University, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence, Land Transport Authority, National Environment Agency and Specialist Dental Group among many others. She is also the Singapore Judo Federation’s Media Consultant for SEA Games 2015, helping to train their athletes, not in their judo moves of course, but in their skills at fielding questions from the media for the international event. Believing that good communication skills should be developed from young, Sharon has been imparting basic journalism and public speaking tips to school students from as young as nine. She’s been brought in to several primary and secondary schools in Singapore to complement core language classes with interactive, customized writing and speaking courses tailored for various age groups.
Suzanne is a skilled interviewer, adept at getting to the core of an issue through easy conversations with her guests. As the former host of Channel NewsAsia’s Primetime Morning and AM Live, she has anchored many major breaking news stories and interviewed personalities as diverse as world leaders, including Tony Blair, John Howard, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, to international artistes like David Foster, Ian Mckellen, Alicia Keys, Jackie Chan and football legend Pele. Suzanne has received numerous News Excellence awards for her reports over the years. They include her coverage on the IMF/World Bank meeting in 2006 and the 13th ASEAN Summit in 2007. Suzanne is an experienced speaker and moderator, having chaired panels at the World Knowledge Forum and Global Media Forum and other international symposiums. She has extensive experience as Master of Ceremony of various major events for banks, embassies and multinationals such as Standard Chartered, Samsung, LG, TNT, Changi SATS among many others and has hosted events from award ceremonies to business launches. Suzanne also does media training for various organizations such as Khattar Wong & Partners, LG Electronics and Specialist Dental Group to name a few. Suzanne also relishes opportunities to teach and train young professionals. She trained a group of selected student journalists to represent Singapore as McDonald’s Champion Kids at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and sits on a panel of judges for Panasonic’s KWN News Competition, a global hands-on news education program for primary and secondary school children.
Stephanie Sim leads our Crisis and Issues Management Practice. Currently based in Hong Kong, she provides strategic counsel and conducts crisis communications workshops and simulations for The Media Consultants’ multinational clients throughout the region. Stephanie also works closely with clients to develop communication plans and regional media strategies to help our clients position their strengths more clearly. A consummate communications professional, Stephanie has spent almost two decades in the industry, first as a journalist in both Singapore and Hong Kong, then developing regional expertise in public relations, specialising in crisis and issues management. She started her crisis work in 2004 with global firm, Hill & Knowlton, where she counselled and trained global clients across industries including the airlines, oil & gas companies, pharmaceuticals, technology firms, financial institutions, among others. To enrich her experience and become a well-rounded communications specialist, Stephanie moved in-house where she headed communicatons at the legendary The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel, overseeing the property’s public relations and marketing services teams, where she and her team produced a record number of successful traditional media engagements. She also developed the hotel’s social media strategy, which at the time was non-existent. She later joined IBM in 2011 and spearheaded communications for the company’s consulting arm in ASEAN. In early 2015, Stephanie relocated to Hong Kong and joined The Media Consultants as our crisis expert.
Hwee spent 16 years in TV journalism, mainly reporting on politics and also developing and editing news stories. She was a MediaCorp scholar who was always called upon to cover top stories involving key leaders of the Singapore Cabinet, including the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Her forte is in writing clearly and pointedly to get your message across. In 2011, during the Singapore Presidential Elections, Hwee was Media Consultant to Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s presidential campaign. She worked with him on speeches and equipped him with skills to handle camera interviews. Over the years, she’s developed a keen eye for assessing writing, and has edited fiction and non-fiction, speeches and corporate writing. Writers have been sending their first draft copies and manuscripts to Hwee for her insights into how to better improve their writing. These include former banker Yip Woon Lye, who wrote a book on property and author of young adult fiction, Rajdeep Paulus. She is currently writing her own book on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew targeted at children. Hwee is the go-to person if you want to learn how to write a good press release, pitched with the right news angle. After all, she spent years sifting through hundreds of press releases every day as a news editor. As assignments editor, Hwee controlled what the news organization would send its reporters to. From there, she honed her expertise at knowing what works as a good media pitch and what does not. Hwee is currently part of a Media Consultant team for the Singapore Judo Federation’s Judo Contingent for SEA Games 2015.
Chua Ying is a former Mandarin News Presenter with MediaCorp. From 1995 to 2005, she fronted various news programmes such as Singapore Today, News 8 at Ten and Good Morning Singapore. She was recognized as Best News and Current Affairs Presenter in 2003. Chua Ying has also been the Mandarin commentator for the live coverage of the National Day Parade, the host of the International Varsity Debate in 2001 and guest-host of the NKF Charity Show in 2004. Over the years, Chua Ying has trained presenters, reporters and sub-editors in their voice-over and presentation skills. Besides doing voice recordings for local and overseas clients, she is a regular Master of Ceremonies for many events requiring Mandarin-speaking hosts, such as the NTU Alumni Day/Night and the NUS Department of Chinese Studies 60th Anniversary Celebration. Chua Ying also facilitates forums and group discussions. In the education arena, she was a part-time Chinese instructor with the Centre for Language Studies at the National University of Singapore in 2012 and 2013. She was also an exam writer for Certification Examination for Professional Interpreters (CEPI) at the Singapore Institute of Management University. Since 2009, she has been involved in developing course material for "News In Class", an online, video-based education programme for students on news content. Using the news reports on Channel 8, she helps students make connections to lessons while exposing them to standard Manadarin for language improvement.
蔡萦1995至2005年任职于新传媒中文新闻部，主持过的新闻和资讯节目有：《狮城六点半》、《十点新闻》、《早安您好》、《世界一周》、《自由论坛》、《为你减压》等。她于2003年荣获新传媒《红星大奖》最佳新闻/时事节目主持人奖。蔡萦现场主持经验丰富，曾连续两年担《国庆庆典检阅礼》电视直播的现场旁述，当中包括新加坡建国三十五周年庆典，也主持了由新传媒与中国中央电视台联办的《2001年国际大专辩论会》。除了播报新闻和主持节目，蔡萦也担任编辑和记者的语音与上镜培训工作。离开主播台后，蔡萦仍活跃于媒体界，她为多家本地及海外机构提供专业录音，也客串主持八频道新闻的教育单元“DV校园”。蔡萦于2012-2013年曾担任新加坡国立大学语言中心的兼职老师，教导汉语入门。 她也曾为新跃大学编写翻译考题。从2009年开始， 蔡萦也参与网络教学平台《看新闻讲华语》的编辑工作，负责制定教材，让学生通过生动的新闻报道学好华文华语。蔡萦毕业于新加坡国立大学（主修大众传播与汉学），并拥有南洋理工大学硕士（大众传播）学位。