Meet Dion

Dion Lim is an Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco and author of Make Your Moment (McGraw-Hill) based on her experiences as the first Asian American woman to be at the helm of a weekday newscast in three major markets including Kansas City, Charlotte and Tampa Bay. She is the flagship author for the new Third State Books, a publishing house dedicated to telling Asian American stories to a wide audience.

Dion is passionate about amplifying voices of color and has led the charge worldwide in shedding light on the hate and assaults targeting Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Her work has resonated across the country on ABC News Live, Nightline, World News Now, Good Morning America and 20/20.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and mayor awarded Dion with a commendation for her dedication to reporting on discrimination and xenophobia toward Asian Americans and the Black communities.

She was also named, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and other prominent AAPI leaders, a 2021 Goldhouse 100 A1 most impactful Asians for storytelling in the midst of the #StopAsianHate movement. Dion is also SF Cause’s 1st recipient of the Champion of Truth award and Dress for Success San Francisco 2022 honoree for her work elevating women in our community.

This AAPI Heritage Month Dion received a coveted invitation to the White House where she celebrated the accomplishments of prominent Asian Americans and met with President Biden. She recently was the only TV journalist to interview Vice President Harris during her visit to San Francisco.

Whether it be on the speaking circuit for Fortune 500 companies such as Salesforce or Visa and or in op-eds in the San Francisco Chronicle and an in-depth interview for New York Magazine about covering hate crimes in the time of Covid-19, Dion’s message is loud and clear: representation matters more now than ever and we can do it through communication.


The Book

Amplify! My Fight for-Asian America Book cover

Amplify! My Fight for Asian America explores what happens when journalism gets personal.

For TV anchor Dion Lim of ABC San Francisco, February 24, 2020, started out like any other day. She was planning pitches for the morning’s editorial meeting when she checked her Instagram account… and saw a message from someone she didn’t recognize. Attached was a horrifying video of men were beating and yelling racist slurs at an elderly Asian man collecting cans in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.

Lim felt compelled to investigate the story and help the man who “looked freakishly like my dad.” This decision sent her down the rabbit hole of anti-Asian hate and violence in America, which was only growing as COVID took hold of the nation. Amplify! brings readers on an eye-opening journey alongside Lim through one of the most difficult periods in recent history for Asian Americans. While Dion fell into the role of a national hero for her relentless fight for Asian American visibility, that fight has not always been easy.

Through deeply personal anecdotes about her own life as a Chinese American and exclusive interviews with survivors, activists, and academics that give incisive historical context, Dion tackles the biggest political and social controversies facing the AAPI community with her trademark wit and commitment to truth.

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