Laurel Chor is the Hong Kong Multimedia Producer for Coconuts TV, where she tells stories through writing, photography, and film. Most recently, she covered the Umbrella Movement, the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, and deforestation in Sumatra. She was nominated for the SOPA Excellence in News Photography award in 2014.
A National Geographic Young Explorer, Laurel is also a conservationist and the founder of the Hong Kong Explorers Initiative, which encourages people to explore the city’s nature and to appreciate its wildlife.
In 2013, she helped to produce a documentary about the illegal ivory trade in which she posed as a buyer in the D.R. Congo. For the film, she also interviewed Jane Goodall, who then appointed Laurel as an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong. Previously she has worked on a gorilla conservation project in the Central African Republic and on a cetacean stranding response team in Hong Kong.
She is the founding Exploration Chair of the Explorers Club Hong Kong chapter, a board member of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, and a player on the Hong Kong national fifteens rugby training squad. Laurel graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in international health and development.