Alhambra Unified relieves Jennifer Kim of publicist duties, further retaliation alleged

July Around Alhambra

A page of the Around Alhambra with coverage from former Alhambra Unified publicist Jennifer Kim.

Award-winning media adviser Jennifer Kim, who was put on administrative leave on Aug. 2, was relieved of her duties as publicist for the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) later that month.

As district publicist, Kim wrote articles and submitted student work in the Around Alhambra and Monterey Park Cascades. Her coverage would include events such as the Alhambra Education Foundation (AEF) annual banquet, profiles of award-winning students, and explanations of district policies. She held this position for over three years and was widely praised for her diverse coverage.

The Around Alhambra, the monthly newspaper of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, confirmed that Kim was no longer the AUSD school district publicist. The Around Alhambra has a total circulation of 40,000, and Monterey Park Cascades is a monthly publication distributed by the City of Monterey Park with a total circulation of 24,000.

Many view this as another act of retaliation towards Kim for The Matador’s summer coverage of the controversy surrounding the school district.

“I think it happened because of the support Ms. Kim provided the journalists with,” said alumnus Aida Yeung, a former editor-in-chief of San Gabriel High School’s yearbook, El Camino Real. “She was doing her job as a journalism adviser, helping the students know their rights and helping to fight for their First Amendment rights, and I don’t think the district liked how more and more people became aware of the situation and began to look poorly upon the district.”

District officials did not respond to emails for comment.

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