Home – About Me

I’m a U.S. journalist in Southeast Asia. As a writer, editor and researcher, I cover business, law, travel and environmental matters. Click the links in the left column to read extracts from some of my published articles. Most of these were written on a freelance basis.

As a nitpicky editor, I do everything from proofreading to very heavy rewriting. I can update your website or guidebook, or wrestle your annual report, thesis or policy study into comprehensible English. I have edited hundreds of academic papers in the past few years alone. You can be assured of error-free, first-rate, First World copy. I started out as a news copy editor, so I long ago committed the Associated Press Stylebook to memory. I now work more often with Chicago and APA styles.

I’ve held staff jobs as a reporter, copy editor or editor in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan (most recently), Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam … I’ve traveled in many countries, but I know Thailand and its neighbors best of all. I have read a great deal about the history of Asia and wish more editors were interested in travel articles with genuine history.

Some writing and research markets: Apa Insight Guides, Asian Art News, Digital News Asia, Economist Intelligence Unit, Far Eastern Economic Review, Forbes Asia, HotelNewsNow.com, International Environment Reporter, International Trade Reporter, Mizzima, The Nation (Bangkok), Los Angeles Review of Books, Oxford Business Guides, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest Asia, Sawasdee, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal Asia.

Some editing clients: American Manuscript Editors, Bangkok Bank, EditMyEnglish, International Institute for Energy Conservation, International Media Support, Japan Foundation, Stock Exchange of Thailand, Thai Board of Investment, Thai Ministry of Finance, Zinnia Funds.

Interests: islands, scuba diving, swimming pools, sub-stream movies, Mekong River, dams, trains, tea, Tai textiles, short stories, soft science, colonial history, small museums, large old houses, natural resources, caves, wildlife, human rights, intellectual property, migrant labor, medical tourism, Buddhism, Spanish, Southeast Asia, India, China.

Education: B.A. in literature, M.S. in journalism.

Languages: Decent French and Spanish; indecent Thai and Japanese.

Recently read: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides; Prisoner of Conscience by Ma Thida; The New Class War by Michael Lind; Yes Please by Amy Poehler; House of Glass by Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Indochine SOS by Andr
ée Viollis; A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; Train Dreams by Denis Johnson; The Forever War by Dexter Filkins. 

Recently viewed: Private Life; A Star is Born; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Alias Grace; Black Mirror; The Spy Who Dumped Me; Forever; Destination Wedding; Searching; The Tale; Sorry to Bother You; Ocean’s 8; The Passion of Joan of Arc; Phantom Thread; I, Tonya; Game Night; Black Panther.