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Tran Ha

Tran Ha

Media experiments project lead

Tran wanted to be Nancy Drew when she was little. She parlayed her love for mystery-solving and storytelling into an action-packed career in journalism. She reported on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War from Ho Chi Minh City, led the coverage of Obama’s historic 2008 presidential election and hired 80 teenagers for a startup publication by and for Chicago high school students.

As editor and general manager of the millennial-targeted RedEye in Chicago during the rise of social media, Tran transformed a daily newspaper into a digitally driven, multi-platform news organization. RedEye saw significant growth in reach, readership, revenue and social relevance under her leadership.

Her belief that understanding new audiences, particularly millennials, is crucial to the success of modern media organizations led her to the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford and to the d.school.

In her current role as project lead for the d.school’s media experiments program, Tran draws on her eclectic background in journalism, storytelling, audience-centered design and business.

Tran has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, where, as a late bloomer, she also learned to appreciate college football and Irish whiskey.

Tran’s superpowers include making a mean risotto, creating order and meaning out of chaos, and being a champion listener/empathizer. She has been described by colleagues as “quietly relentless,” which she thinks is a good thing.

You can follow Tran on Twitter and Instagram at @tranosaurus.

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Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

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  • Anne Gibbon
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  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Caitria O'Neill
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Caroline O'Connor
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  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erica Estrada
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Eugene Korsunskiy
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Fred Leichter
  • Gayle Curtis
  • Guido Kovalskys
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jenny Stefanotti
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Jules Sherman
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Jacobson
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Siebert
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Matt Haney
  • Maureen Caroll
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  • Mel Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Molly Wilson
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  • Neema Moraveji
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  • Olga Trusova
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  • Peter Sims
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  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
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  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
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