Cheng holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Urban Design and Architecture from New York University. While at NYU, Cheng was Editor-in-Chief of Generasian, NYU's website about the Asian-American experience.  She also received the Edwin Diamond Undergraduate Award, presented to the top undergraduate journalism student at NYU, and a winner of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.
New York Times & Metro
During her junior year of college, Cheng interned for the New York Times' editorial research team at the Shanghai bureau. In her following semester, she was an editorial intern for Metro International.