SPH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: WONG KIM HOH

Changing lives, one interview at a time

Straits Times senior writer Wong Kim Hoh
Straits Times senior writer Wong Kim Hoh

When people tell him Singaporeans are boring, Straits Times senior writer Wong Kim Hoh (above) is quick to point out that they are wrong.

"That's really not the case," said the 54-year-old. "If you sit down with them and show you are genuinely interested, you will find that they are as interesting as people anywhere else in the world."

In November, he launched a book drawing together the stories of people he had interviewed in his Wong Kim Hoh Meets and It Changed My Life series for The Sunday Times.

 

They helped him win the coveted Journalist of the Year prize at yesterday's awards ceremony.

He spends three to four hours on each interview, and a day or so putting everything together.

Many of those featured have written to tell him how his stories have, indeed, changed their lives.

"When you show them you're truly interested, and you're not judgmental, people open up to you."

Linette Lai

Read more stories from the It Changed My Life series here.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2016, with the headline 'Changing lives, one interview at a time'. Print Edition | Subscribe