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 .