A print reporter turned broadcast journalist, LiLi Tan joined the KSBY News team in March of 2014 as a multimedia journalist. She was previously a producer/reporter at WKOW-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, and a magazine features editor in Hong Kong, Beijing, and New York City.
LiLi says the first thing people ask her when they find out she was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin is whether she loves cheese and the Green Bay Packers. She devours dairy products, particularly fried cheese curds, but refuses to wear cheese on her head. She says the fashion editors at ELLE magazine, where she worked, would surely disapprove.
After graduating from UCLA in 2003, LiLi worked in New York for five years. She started as an editorial assistant at Time Inc., and then worked for People magazine. (Ask LiLi about this if you see her out - she may tell you an unpublished celeb story or two.) Later, she worked for ELLE as an associate features editor. Working for acclaimed writers Alexandra Postman, Laurie Abraham and Rachael Combe, LiLi learned the art of writing personal essays and people profiles.
Craving adventure, she left in 2008 to be an Asia-based freelance writer. LiLi covered the Beijing Olympics for the Huffington Post and Time Out Beijing, and then worked as a features editor in Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.
She returned to the western hemisphere in 2011 to go to graduate school in Chicago, where she earned a Master's in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
When LiLi's not working, you can find her cooing at sea otters from a paddle board in Morro Bay. She's also an avid runner and yogi-wannabe. But she can cook. Her specialties include miso black cod, maple cinnamon icebox cake and stout-battered fried cheese curds.