Yingying Chen is a PhD Candidate in the Information and Media Studies program at Michigan State University. Her current research interest includes information diffusion across media, communication networks, network dynamics and computational social science. Her current research focuses on the formation and fluctuation of public attention to social events across media platforms. She was a research assistant at Medill Spiegel Digital & Database Research Center. She received a Master of Science degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior academia, she was the bureau chief of China's state media Xinhua News Agency in Kenya and Somalia.