First job in the business: Helping an older friend hawk newspapers to passing motorists at a Cincinnati intersection. Years after that in the late 1970s, I worked part-time at several radio stations in southern Nevada while going to high school and college simultaneously.
Organizations I’ve reported for: An alphabet soup over the last 40 years, including freelancing for ABC, CBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NHK, NPR and PBS, before becoming a staff correspondent for VOA.
Education: M.A. in Public Diplomacy earned at Mountain State University after many years of classroom and online learning at various universities, including American University, Bath University, Harvard, The New School, Thomas Edison State University and UNLV.
Languages: Able to converse fluently in Japanese with sushi chefs and can give taxi directions in several languages, including Korean and Thai.
Best advice about journalism I’ve received: “Don’t stay in this business if you want to make money.”
My best advice to budding correspondents: “You’ll stumble onto your best stories by serendipity. So always carry around a high-quality discreet camera and have some method to jot accurate notes.”
While traveling, I always … Try to find one good restaurant and hotel I can recommend to colleagues.
My journalism heroes are Ambrose Bierce, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Lafcadio Hearn, Ryszard Kapuściński, Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle and Neil Sheehan.
Dream job? The one I have right now.
Place I’m most eager to visit: Antarctica, even though I hate the cold.