Bob Christian Alum of the Year Award
The Bob Christian Alum of the Year Award was established in 2006 during the school’s 40th Anniversary to recognize the tremendous service of Bob Christian, the first HKIS Head of School 1966-1977.

The award is presented annually to the HKIS Alum making a significant contribution to the HKIS community, their local community or the broader community and bettering the lives of those around them while living our Mission Statement and Student Learning Results (SLRs).

This year’s recipient of the Bob Christian Award is alum Natasha Khan ‘03. Natasha is being honored for her dedication to her profession and commitment to tell often untold stories of inequality and struggle.

She has enriched the HKIS alumni community through her years serving on the Hong Kong Chapter Alumni Association Board, mentoring peers and young alumni, and exemplifying the HKIS Mission and values.

Congratulations, Natasha!
My years at HKIS, the values it instilled, and that experience have been with me long after graduation, says Natasha Khan.
Natasha is a New York-based reporter at The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining its corporate bureau in New York, Natasha spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent focusing primarily on China. Among her coverage: a series of stories investigating the wealth of China’s ruling class; closely covering the characters and wider issues driving the Hong Kong protests and the city’s political turmoil; and being the first to report, in early 2020, that China had discovered a new coronavirus.

Natasha’s work has been recognized by numerous honors, including—with colleagues—the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and the Gerald Loeb Award for International Reporting, as well as a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Natasha is being recognized for her dedication to her craft and considerable contributions to HKIS and the alumni community throughout the years. She was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee in 2003 to develop the HKIS mission and student learning results, served as a board member for the Hong Kong Chapter-Alumni Association 2010’s, participated in numerous student and alumni mentoring initiatives locally, and hosted the Zoom Farewell for long-serving Humanities teacher George Coombs upon his retirement in 2022 after 30 years of service at HKIS. Natasha truly embodies the mission and values of HKIS, and we’re honored that she is the recipient of this year’s Bob Christian Alum of the Year award.

Natasha Khan '03 had the honor of interviewing former faculty member George Coombs to mark his retirement after 30 years of service at HKIS. Click here or on the image above to watch that interview!