Chao Yi, born in 1950 in Taiwan, graduated from National Chengchi University with a degree in business management. In 1977, Chao received a master degree in mass communication from Department of Journalism at the University of Minnesota. In 1987, he received a doctorate degree in communication studies from Southern California University.
After graduation, Chao returned to Taiwan, and served successively as the manager of Department of Journalism at Chinese Television System, chief manager of International Global Multimedia Company, director of the Government Information Office, vice president of Eastern Multimedia Group, president of Journalists Association in Taipei, president of Yungching Charity Foundation, etc.
Currently, Chao has been teaching in School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiaotong University, and serving as the director of Eastern Research Center for Communications and Social Development in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, promoting the cultural exchanges among these regions.
In 2000, Chao received the first place of Huaxia Award, and in 2007, he was selected as one of the most significant alumni of National Chengchi University.