About Me

There's always something over the horizon...Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but I’ve been working as a reporter, writer, and editor for more than 25 years.

My first journalistic venture worth mentioning was the Free Agent, a monthly newspaper I helped to found in the mid-80s. Our office was in the basement of a house in Southeast Portland; our first light table was built out of an old wooden door I sawed in half. We won several awards for our journalism but always struggled to secure ad revenue.

After that I worked as a computer programmer and technical writer. I went back to journalism in 1993, writing for Willamette Week. A few years later, I moved to Singapore, where I worked as a freelance foreign correspondent for several news outlets, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Times of London, the Economist, Asiaweek, and UPI. During this time, I covered the Asian currency crisis of 1997 and the defamation trials of dissident lawyer JB Jeyaretnam, a remarkable man who became the central figure in my first book, Lee’s Law: How Singapore Crushes Dissent.

I returned to Portland and Willamette Week, where I held a bewildering variety of titles, including reporter, assistant news editor, special projects editor, etc. In 2003, I was awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. I took advantage of this opportunity to study the history of medicine. After that, I worked as a freelance reporter, writing for Inc., the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Oregon Business, Portland Monthly, and many other publications before signing up with the Portland Tribune.

Currently I am the editor of Reed, the alumni magazine of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.


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