Dolly Li an award-winning video journalist, producer, and correspondent who has played key roles in developing and launching several international digital publications, including Al Jazeera’s AJ+ English and AJ+ Español. She is currently the content director and co-founder of the South China Morning Post-incubated publication, Goldthread. Dolly has experience reporting domestically throughout the U.S. and internationally from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. She navigates stories in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.

Dolly began her career in media in 2014 at AJ+ as a creative producer. There, she sharpened her knives as a journalist, on-camera host, and multimedia content creator. Her short documentaries about the Chinese-American communities of the U.S. have garnered over 10 million views online, received a regional Emmy in Northern California, an award in longform storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists, and praise from Junot Diaz. Beyond immigrant communities, Dolly has reported on the U.S. prison system, the Ayotinzapa student massacre in Mexico, and the opioid epidemic in the Pacific Northwest.

As a visually-minded journalist, she pioneered a line of animated infographics, known as Infogifs, that recreated data visualizations for AJ+’s social media platforms. AJ+ became one of the first publishers to use GIPHY to disseminate news. Her illustration work has also appeared in the Washington Post and the Oxford American.

In 2018, Dolly moved from Oakland to Hong Kong to create Goldthread, a publication incubated by SCMP, the 115-year-old English language newspaper of Hong Kong. Goldthread covers culture in Greater China and beyond for English-speaking audiences in video, text, and experimental multimedia formats.

Previously, Dolly was a co-lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, advising second-year multimedia students through the completion of their Master’s thesis projects. She also served as Vice President of the AAJA San Francisco Chapter, providing professional development and mentoring to students and minority journalists.

Dolly studied visual arts and economics at Rice University. She’s a Brooklyn native who has lived in Houston, Oakland, and now, Hong Kong.


Public Speaking

  • 2018, Panelist, Crafting a Narrative, Asian American Journalists Association’s National Convention

  • 2018, Keynote Speaker, Wellesley College’s annual Asian Awareness Conference

  • 2017, Speaker, “Using and Abusing Typography: How Social Video Is Playing Games With Your Heart” at SRCCON

  • 2016, Speaker, “Illustrating Investigations” at SRCCON