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Ee Ming Toh

Freelance Journalist

Location icon Singapore

Toh Ee Ming’s foray into journalism began with a six-month internship in 2014 as a reporter and photojournalist at leading English weekly newspaper Nepali Times, where she found herself in the unlikeliest of situations – from capturing the excitement of Nepal’s biggest chariot festival, profiling a humanitarian who built a school for children with disabilities, to journeying deep into the Himalaya in search of endangered vultures.

In 2014, she was part of a selected team that was sent on a 12-day advanced reporting course to Stockholm, Sweden. As the team’s photojournalist, she documented how single mothers and shift workers need 24-hour childcare services, an Assyrian football club’s efforts at integration even as Sweden becomes increasingly anti-immigrant, and helped produce a 68-page book ‘Stockholm Smörgåsbord’.

From 2015 to 2018, Ee Ming joined the local news desk at Today, Mediacorp where she covered a broad range of topics from education, social, politics, labour, transport and environment.

During her time there, she has reported on topics like social inequality seeping into Singapore’s schools and housing estates, rising abuse towards sex workers, Myanmar voters wishing for a new era of democracy, the hopes of the South Korean community in Singapore amid the historic Trump-Kim summit, Finland’s creative senior living models, and how a wired society seemingly fuelled by technology on steroids is leaving the elderly in the lurch.

She was awarded best news feature of the month for several reports, which laid out the behind-the-scenes groundwork in the lead-up to Singapore’s 2015 General Elections, uncovered the lack of religious spaces for migrant workers, and offered a glimpse into the lives of the last Pulau Ubin residents.

Her stories have been published in other Singapore publications like The Straits Times, The New Paper, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Magazine and international outlets like Xinhua News Agency, South China Morning Post and Magazyn Miasta/ Cities Magazine.

Most recently, Ee Ming was invited to be part of a five-month residency programme, in collaboration with arts group Superhero Me to organise PEEKABOO! , an inclusive arts festival. Set in Rainbow Centre, a school that serves children with disabilities, the festival seeks to bring differently abled children together and to explore themes of identity and place in the world.

As the journalist-in-residence, she worked on a longform, in-depth journalism project on a multimedia website and created advocacy content. Along with six artists, 20 arts facilitators and the community, she also worked to produce a visual arts installation portraying the hopes and struggles of caregivers and domestic helpers, and an interactive drama piece celebrating the dreams of Rainbow Centre’s senior students.

Now a freelance journalist and writer for Xinhua News Agency, South China Morning Post, think tank Centre for Liveable Cities and philanthropic house Lien Foundation, she hopes to continue to tell stories and document issues with an impact.

Portfolio

INTERNATIONAL NEWS OUTLETS & TRADE PUBLICATIONS | 2018 - Present

Xinhuanet
World needs to act fast on climate change: World Bank representative

SINGAPORE, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- If countries, sectors and firms do not transit to a low-carbon economy and become climate resilient, climate change will have a drastic impact on the competitiveness of these economies. This is the warning from Benoit Bosquet, the World Bank's regional director for sustainable development in East Asia and Pacific.

South China Morning Post
08/05/2019
These insects are helping Singapore save the planet

The black soldier fly larvae bred at Insectta, the Lion City's first urban insect farm, are a new line of defence in the war on food waste. Not only do they convert waste into fertiliser, sometimes, they become food themselves

Xinhuanet
Storybook on child sexual abuse prevention launched in Singapore - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The book is authored by Goh Eck Kheng, illustrated by Lim An-ling and published by Singapore Children's Society (SCS), an organization with a mission to protect and nurture children and youths in need. Imbued with a distinct Asian flavor and with a folktale setting, this sets it apart from more Western-oriented books that deal with the subject matter of sexual abuse.

South China Morning Post
05/19/2019
Can't tech my eyes off you

With Singapore looking to be a smart city, its firm cast an eye towards China, where study tours offer an insight into behemoths like WeChat and Alibaba

Urban Solutions
01/31/2019
Top of the Crops

High above New York City’s densely populated skyline, lush farms full of fresh herbs, tomatoes and greens flourish on rooftops. Toh Ee Ming investigates the Big Apple’s exciting urban farming boom in the sky and how it contributes to a more sustainable food system for the city.

Jtc
JTC | The Ferrari of Home Appliances, Made in Singapore

​​​​​​​​​​​​​31 July 2019 - For Dyson engineering manager Yvonne Tan, work is her "playground" - a creative space to invent, tinker and bring ideas to life. ​This philosophy of innovation underlies the British technology firm's approach to reinventing the norm. Take its revolutionary Dyson Digital Motor (DDM), billed as the "Ferrari of home appliances".

SUPERHERO ME | PEEKABOO!

Facebook
Parents for Parents

PARENTS FOR PARENTS is a community initiative to empower caregivers of children with special needs and push for progress on inclusion.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT 2018

TODAYonline
07/06/2018
Americans here say nay to Trump-Kim meeting, 'not a fan' of US President

SINGAPORE - While the Trump-Kim summit on June 12 will be closely followed by the South Korean community here, their anticipation and excitement was not matched by the Americans living in Singapore, as most were generally indifferent to the visit by United States President Donald Trump.

TODAY | 2015 - 2018

TODAYonline
18/11/2017
Finnish company brings choice, greenery to eldercare in S'pore

SINGAPORE/FINLAND - At a new senior activity centre at Turf City, clients may opt to groom and feed horses, pet rabbits, or do aqua therapy in the swimming pool. They may also choose to stay indoors to play mahjong or watch Korean dramas together.

TODAYonline
31/05/2018
Singapore is a 'city that never fails to inspire': Indian PM Modi

SINGAPORE - Kicking off a three-day official visit to Singapore on Thursday (May 31), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Singapore as a "city that never fails to inspire". Despite being a "small island", Singapore has maintained strong global links, said the Indian PM.

TODAYonline
25/04/2018
Outpouring of sadness, heartbreak over Inuka's death

SINGAPORE - Upon learning that Singapore Zoo's beloved polar bear Inuka was suffering from ailing health two weeks ago, Mdm Lee Shiau Lan had been faithfully visiting its enclosure every chance she got. With her smartphone, Mdm Lee would dutifully document Inuka's surroundings at its

TODAYonline
26/03/2018
Uber employees in S'pore told to clear out in two hours; drivers in limbo

SINGAPORE - At least 100 Singapore employees of ride-hailing firm Uber were told to pack up and leave on Monday morning (March 26) as a result of rival Grab's acquisition of its operations in South-east Asia, but Grab clarified hours later that the Uber employees are on paid leave.

TODAYonline
15/03/2018
At arts camp, children learn to empathise with peers who have special needs

SINGAPORE - When her newfound friend Qistina Cheong, nine, who has cerebral palsy, wanted to play on a wheelchair-friendly see-saw, eight-year-old Joy Sexton eagerly helped to push her wheelchair. The two had become fast friends after a three-day arts camp that saw 31 childr

TODAYonline
14/03/2018
Faces on the Subway: Growing up between two lands, with her heart in both

Every day, hundreds of thousands of passengers take the MRT, traversing across the island for work, school and leisure. The spate of disruptions and incidents, which the operators and authorities are looking to resolve, and the inconvenience caused to commuters, have brought into focu

TODAYonline
03/03/2018
Ubinites and boatmen help make unusual wedding bash a reality

SINGAPORE - It was one of the most unusual requests that the boatmen plying the waters between Changi and Pulau Ubin have ever gotten: Over several hours, they must ferry more than a hundred wedding guests, many of whom came from faraway lands and have never set foot on Pulau Ubin, to the islan

TODAYonline
03/03/2018
The Big Read: The Ubin boatmen, and a trade stuck in time

SINGAPORE - With his easy-going grin, wiry frame and trendy sunglasses perched atop his brown-streaked hair, Rudy, 32, is the odd one out among the mostly grey-haired boatmen whiling their time away at Changi Point Ferry Terminal, waiting for their turn to bring customers across the sea to Pula

Exposure & TODAYonline
10/01/2018
Faces on the Subway: Living for a dream, from Japan to Sabah

With her hair dyed anime-purple and sporting a number of tattoos over her arms, neck and back featuring motifs like angel wings, a butterfly, and unicorn, "Anna Takarai" is a woman in transit, searching for an identity and a place where she belongs.

TODAYonline
20/01/2018
The Big Read: Behind the scenes of headline-making school mergers

SINGAPORE - Over two meetings within a month, the student leaders from Meridian Junior College (MJC) and Tampines Junior College (TPJC) quickly reached a consensus last year on the name of the upcoming J1 orientation camp which they would jointly organise. The camp, to be held next mo

TODAYonline
21/12/2017
US tax cuts unlikely to trigger exodus from S'pore: experts

SINGAPORE - It is unlikely that the sweeping tax cuts approved by the United States Congress - which included provisions designed to encourage US firms to move profits held overseas back to America - would spark an immediate exodus of American companies or their investments from Singapore,

TODAYonline
17/09/2017
No time to wait in line? Start-up offers queueing services for S$20 an hour

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans' obsession for queueing - be it for a limited edition Hello Kitty plush toy, the latest iPhone or a bowl of Michelin-starred noodles - has seen students or the unemployed offering to stand in line for a quick buck. Now, a start-up here is hoping to cash

TODAYonline
04/08/2017
Bowled over by S'pore's first Deaflympic medals

SINGAPORE - Growing up, 18-year-old Adelia Naomi Yokoyama - who was born deaf - looked up to her two older sisters. Elisa Yukie, now 20, went on to become the Optimist sailing world champion in 2012 and Natasha, 22, is a former national sailor. But fears over Naomi being

TODAYonline
31/07/2017
Singapore-Johor Baru MRT to run in 2024

ISKANDAR (Johor) - A cross-border rail link that will connect Singapore and Johor Baru in Malaysia is slated to begin passenger services by the end of 2024, ministers from the two countries announced on Monday (July 31). Singapore rail company SMRT and Malaysia's metro operator Pras

TODAYonline
01/07/2017
'Guardian angels' watch over autistic teen in public

SINGAPORE - Like clockwork, 19-year-old Sarah arrives home every day at 4.30pm, wolfs down an early, home-cooked dinner, and zips out again. The teenager, who has moderate to severe autism, will be out until around 10pm - walking about in malls. She would only return to her paternal

TODAYonline
12/05/2017
Two S'pore companies try new high-tech farming processes

SINGAPORE - For the last 20 years, the crew at Eden Garden Farm has been growing and selling produce the old-school way, sticking to traditional methods of manually harvesting and supplying homegrown vegetables to markets here. Now, with the agricultural sector being urged by the Gove

TODAYonline
05/05/2017
The Big Read: JC mergers - Schools to make way, but memories and bonds stay

SINGAPORE - With more than a century of history between them, Serangoon Junior College (JC), Tampines JC, Jurong JC and Innova JC will stop taking in students next year, as part of the biggest school merger exercise to date. In response to falling birth rates and shrinking cohort size

TODAYonline
14/01/2017
Universal design should leave nobody out, says disabled architect

SINGAPORE - Senior architectural designer Richard Kuppusamy cuts an unusual sight in busy construction sites when he navigates expertly past enormous cranes and trucks, manoeuvres around floors scattered with various tools, and even gets on temporary hoists - in his wheelchair. Born

TODAYonline
17/11/2016
Tech-savvy S'porean teen played part in Trump campaign

SINGAPORE - When the request came from American billionaire Donald Trump's campaign team to help create a Prezi presentation for youth as part of his presidential campaign last August, East View Secondary School student Hrithie Menon treated it as "just another project" to pay for her own

TODAYonline
11/11/2016
Carnage in Asian forex markets over Trump's economic plans

SINGAPORE - The Malaysian and Indonesian currencies plunged to multi-year lows on Friday (Nov 11) on fears that higher United States interest rates under President-elect Donald Trump would spark capital outflows from the region. Central banks from India to Indonesia stepped

TODAYonline
23/08/2016
S'poreans remember S R Nathan as a president with a common touch

SINGAPORE - From personal encounters with him during his regular East Coast Park walks, to how he chided his security officers so he could get closer to fellow Singaporeans during official functions, many have come forward to share anecdotes of the late Mr S R Nathan following his death - as

TODAYonline
09/08/2016
National Day Special 2016: A flourishing garden state

SINGAPORE - Many Singaporeans probably cannot tell apart one green plant from another, but the Garden City is actually home to many unique species of flora, such as the kerinting palm, Singapore ginger and Singapore kopsia. And for experts such as taxonomist Dr Jana Leong-Skornickova,

TODAYonline
09/08/2016
National Day Special 2016: Native fauna in an urban jungle

SINGAPORE - On a routine survey dive in 2011, marine biologist Karenne Tun swam past a whitish marine sponge with a thick stem. Immediately, she knew something was different, and clipped off a small sample to show Singapore's sponge expert, Mr Lim Swee Cheng. For two years, Mr Lim h

TODAYonline
20/06/2016
Reports of abuse of sex workers on the increase

SINGAPORE - Her refusal to give in to a client's demands left Ms Sherry Sherqueshaa - then a sex worker - with a swollen eye and a broken watch in 2014. He also left without paying her.

TODAYonline
26/02/2016
Taiwanese youth seeks greener pastures abroad

SINGAPORE - When Taiwanese national Lai Long Kuo was 13 years old, his family enrolled him in a secondary school in Singapore, as they had "no faith" - as Mr Lai puts it - in Taiwan's education system, and did not believe that he would be able to learn English there.

TODAYonline
25/01/2016
Foreign workers find it a hard slog in matters of faith

SINGAPORE - Most Sundays, Bangladeshi construction worker Sushir Roy heads up to the third floor of a nondescript-looking shophouse in Little India into a sparsely decorated room with a few Hindu deities lined along the wall. Called Gour-nitai Temple, the makeshift, rented space is a

TODAYonline
12/12/2015
The Big Read: Making Singapore a better place for workers who come from afar

SINGAPORE — It was not too long ago that stories abounded of employers ill-treating and exploiting foreign workers, some of whom were often made to live in substandard conditions. The 2010 case of the boss of a maintenance company — he was later jailed for three months — who left his dying foreign worker by the roadside still rankles, for some.

TODAYonline
09/11/2015
Myanmar Election: Voters in Singapore hope for new era of democracy, development

SINGAPORE - For the past few weeks, Madam Theresa Khin has had her hands full, from setting up a Myanmar election survey group on Facebook, to helping the Myanmar Embassy with the polling paperwork, and even ­recording a short music video urging her fellow countrymen to vote for Ms Aung San Su

TODAYonline
17/10/2015
The Big Read: The last Ubinites - a short hop, and a world away

SINGAPORE - A short bumboat ride away from Changi Point, Pulau Ubin feels like a world away from the bustling metropolis that Singapore has become. There are no sleek cars, shopping centres or high-rise buildings. Mobile phones are hardly in sight, and residents spend more time t

TODAYonline
10/09/2015
Excitement, apprehension for first-time voters

SINGAPORE - While bread-and-butter issues matter most to first-time voters this General Election, they are also concerned with broader issues related to the direction of Singapore's political landscape - including the kind of country the Republic should strive to be, society's maturity an

NEPALI TIMES | 2014

Nepali Times
01/30/2014
Dayaram's Adarsha

A teacher helps integrate hundreds of handicapped students back into the community.

Nepali Times
03/06/2014
Dining With Vultures

“Don’t make any noise and don’t move in a big group like monkeys,” our guide, Danny Biddiss, warns us.

Nepali Times
05/15/2014
Raving For Rabbits

It takes time to adjust to the darkness in a small, dimly lit shed, west of Kathmandu in Balambu. What you’ll find yourself face to face with when your eyes adjust is rows upon rows of furry rabbits.

Nepali Times
04/17/2014
Baby Spa

A nurse gently lifts the baby out of the thick swathe of blankets and begins to delicately massage the baby’s chest in a regular, clockwise motion.

Nepali Times
04/10/2014
Outside, Looking In

After turning out in huge numbers five months ago to vote in a new government and Assembly to write the constitution, the people are feeling left out. Just like the bystanders kept out of Tundikhel on Sunday as VIPs watched the annual Nepal Army horse parade.

Nepali Times
03/27/2014
Call For Greener Kathmandu

In the last few years, Kathmandu’s unprecedented urban growth has spawned a disorienting mess of concrete buildings, and a garbage-strewn landscape. Eight aspiring photographers struggle to make sense of this growing city in SUS. TAIN.KTM.

Nepali Times
20/02/2014
Reimagining the everyday | Review

Imagine the streets you walk everyday lined with mirrors. All of a sudden, you become aware of the moments playing out simultaneously around you. Disorienting yes, but this is how Julian Parker-Burns presents everyday life in Kathmandu, in his newest exhibition, Trading Paint.

Nepali Times
03/04/2014
Precious Water

Flickering candlelight casts a warm, intimate glow onto the 21 photographs that are hung like prayer flags along white strings at Siddhartha Art Gallery. A glowing blue light emanates from Italian-born artist Silvia Capiluppi’s chest, as she sits serenely in front of a large metal basin.

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

Go-Far Sweden
11/23/2014
Stockholm Smörgåsbord

As part of an advanced reporting module at Nanyang Technological University, 14 students took on the challenge of reporting in Stockholm, Sweden.

Go-Far Sweden
Sweden's 24-hour childcares

Principal ballerina Gina Tse remembers the nights when she would dash from a performance to the childcare centre to pick up her son, Jacy. There was that memorable Saturday night when she danced her heart out in the biggest role of her career- as Princess Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake - and the thunderous applause continued long after the final curtain call.

Go-Far Sweden
11/23/2014
The Captain

This is a story of integration through the eyes of immigrant David Durmaz, an Assyrian who was born in Sweden and the captain of Assyriska Föreningen Football Club. As Sweden becomes increasingly anti-immigrant, David says he carries the burden of being a role model to fellow Assyrians.

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
01/05/2015
Survivors: Stories of those left behind by suicide

When a suicide happens, everyone is curious about the details – how did he die? Why did he take his life? And where did it happen? The grief turns into a public spectacle. No one stops to think of the ones left behind to pick up the pieces. This 44-page book chronicles the lives of these survivors.

The New Paper
Coping with Living - The New Paper

To lose a loved one to suicide is heartbreaking. And just as Jeannie (not her real name) thought she was slowly healing from the loss of her brother, she suffered a second blow when her sister took her own life.

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