Jacqueline Ann Surin has been a journalist since 1994. She gained an M.A. in Media Studies at Sussex University in England as a Chevening scholar, and studied journalism in the United States under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship. In 2007, she received the Excellence in Opinion Writing Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for her Shape of a Pocket column in theSun newspaper. She was also named by London-based Article 19 as the Pioneering Women’s Voices Candidate for Malaysia in commemoration of International Women’s Day in 2007. She is also well-known for her ‘Open Letter to the Prime Minister’ back in June 2006, which struck a chord with many people then and was republished across many Malaysian blogs.
She has worked as a journalist at the Star newspaper, The Edge financial weekly and theSun where she was seconded as assistant news editor. In 2008, she resigned from The Edge to co-found MalaysiaVotes.com, an online news site about the 2008 general election. The online site is the beginning of a new news site that will be launched in 2008.