What was your first job as a journalist?

Intern at the Albuquerque Journal; arts and culture reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Of course.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Clark Kent

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Laptop, digital voice recorder and good, old-fashioned pen and notebook. Plus, digital camera or iPhone camera.

What's your favorite social network?

Well, Facebook.

Who do you wish followed you?

Roberta Smith, NY Times

Why did you become a journalist?

To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Also, to keep up on arts, entertainment and culture.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Yes. Features Editor.

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?

Renovations at Manzanar and a first-person essay on Asians in Aztlan.

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Don't give up! Be persistent. Check your spelling and your facts! Be a multi-media journalist.

When's the best time to pitch you?

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What's the best pitch you ever got?

Do you want to interview Yoko Ono?

Aside from your own, what's your favorite publication to read?

Sunday New York Times

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