Tom Plate

Syndicated Columnist & Founder
Asia Pacific Media Network
University of California at Los Angeles

Tom Plate, an internationally syndicated columnist, writes about America's relationship with the Pacific Rim and travels frequently to Asia.

Mr.Plate's columns have appeared in many world newspapers, in Asia and the United States. He is a columnist with Seattle Times, The Jakarta Post, The Korea Times, The Providence Journal, The Japan Times and others.

Mr. Plate has a joint appointment in the College of Letters and Science as well as in the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, at Los Angeles, where he began teaching full time in 1997. He teaches courses on Asia's media and politics, and on business, government and media ethics. He has lectured at UCLA's Anderson School, the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, The Getty Museum and Trust, Kyoto University, Princeton and at universities in Asia. His latest book is “Confessions of an American Media Man”—a bestseller in parts of Asia.

He is the founder of both the UCLA Media Center and the non-profit Asia Pacific Media Network, headquartered at UCLA. APMN is an international network for educators, journalists and media professionals, government and business officials concerned with regionally common issues, controversies and opportunities.

Mr. Plate is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, UCLA Burkle Center on International Relations, Phi Beta Kappa Society and American Political Science Academy. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with a master’s degree in public and international affairs. He is the author of five books and has been a journalist at Time, Newsday, New York Magazine and “CBS Family Week.” From 1989-1995 he was Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Los Angeles Times. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Deadline Writing Award and the Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award for "Best Editorial" (three times). Recently, he was a Media Fellow at Stanford University and a fellow in Tokyo at the famed Foreign Press Center's annual Asia-Pacific Media Conference. He is listed in Who's Who in America and for a number of years has been a participant at the annual retreat of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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