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My first published piece appeared in The Chatterbox, the monthly magazine at my elementary school. Now I write for national magazines in the U.S. and custom publishers. Along the way, I’ve worked as the spot news team leader (an editing position) at Bloomberg News in Tokyo and as Page One editor at the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Before going overseas, I worked at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner where I started as a cop reporter and left as an editor on the foreign/national desk.

As a freelance writer I’ve worked for House & Garden, The Ford Foundation Report, American Demographics,, Wired, Newsweek Japan, Image, California Living and Time custom publishing.

As a part-time, freelance or contract editor, I’ve worked for,, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

My professional achievements include a Pulitzer Prize for best breaking news coverage, shared with the staff of The Wall Street Journal for coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.; San Francisco Press Club recognition for breaking news coverage; and Penny-Missouri and Media Alliance awards for “Gay in America,” a groundbreaking, team-produced series that ran for three weeks in the San Francisco Examiner.

I was awarded a Gannett Fellowship in Asian Studies, a 12-month program of study at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, augmented by extensive travel in Asia.

My educational credentials:

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD
    Executive Editor, Comment, a journal of communication and intellectual property law
  • Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, MsJ, honors
  • Barnard College, Columbia University, BA, History, cum laude
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, Mass.

I also have a life. I'm based in San Francisco and New York. I enjoy sailing small boats almost as much as maintaining and driving a 1974 BMW 2002 tii. If a car can be a significant other, this is love. I am an avid collector of Asian commercial posters, a fascination that has taken me into the depths of the region’s major transportation hubs to track down the people responsible for the advertising displays. Then, I beg. I make it a point to see significant fashion exhibitions because I think clothes are a window to the soul. I’ve been a Pilates and gyrotonics practitioner for more than 15 years, proving that practice doesn’t make perfect.

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