New life skills are making my dreams come true. I’ve actually survived my childhood, divorce and a rotten economy to re-invent myself. Home is a cozy house in the ‘burbs (Westchester County, N.Y.). Family consists of my teen daughter, plus our three cats and a dog.
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After a 17-year haitus from daily journalism, I got back in the game on Jan. 1, 2012 at Newsday’s new Hudson Valley news website. To become a reporter again meant quitting all my beloved journalist teaching gigs, which I began taking on in 2004 (NYU, The New School, St. John’s University, Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute, Baruch, Mediabistro).
Before the campus scene, I had a 15-year newspaper career that concluded with an eight-year stint at The New York Daily News. My last assignment was writing a nationally syndicated column about diversity and the immigrant experience. Fun fact: I was the first Asian American staffer at every single job (Crain’s New York Business, The Newark Star-Ledger and The Hudson-Dispatch). Being a historic relic is kinda cool.
I grew up in Chinatown and will always be proud of my NYC public school education (P.S. 1, J.H.S. 65, Stuyvesant H.S., Baruch College). Later, a student loan carried me through a graduate degree (Columbia University’s School of Journalism).
As for the truly personal stuff, in 2000, I went solo after 18 years of marriage. Very tough. But the ex- and I remain friends in raising our daughter.
Life is strange, wonderful, unpredictable.
And I’m totally rolling with it. xoxoxoxo
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