I’m cofounder of a literary studio called Plympton, which focuses on publishing serialized fiction for digital reading. In addition I’m working on a book for Simon & Schuster.
Occasionally, you might hear my commentaries on NPR via Marketplace.
A weekend project with Eric Price and Greg Price has become NewsDiffs.org, a site which tracks changes in online articles after they have been published. It was the subject of a column by The New York Times public editor.
Over the last few years, I’ve focused my attention on the evolving infrastructure of journalism. I’ve played a lead role in the Knight News Challenge, a $25 million initiative to support news innovation, and was a producer in News Foo camp, a collaboration between O’Reilly Media, Google and Knight Foundation. I’ve also done my part to bring journalism content to the SXSW Interactive and to throw the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. I’m also one of the lead organizers of Hacks/Hackers, a rapidly expanding group that brings technologists and journalists together. It has more than ten thousand members across the globe. I also helped launch Sparkcamp. I’m a Good Person to Know at a startup called Upworthy, which focuses on spreading viral stuff that matters.
Currently, I am on the boards of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Center for Public Integrity, the Nieman Foundation, and the Robert F. Kennedy Courage in Journalism awards. And I’m a member of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee. Plus I am a board member of the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies, which supports the Awesome Foundation.
In the past: I was a reporter at The New York Times for nine years, where I covered technology, Washington, crime, poverty and culture. I spent the last two of those years reporting and experimenting on City Room, the Times’ New York City metro blog.
I wrote a book called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, on how Chinese food is all-American and hit #26 on the New York Times best seller list. As a result, I am on TED.com speaking on General Tso’s chicken. I also survived an interview by Stephen Colbert, made dumplings on Martha Stewart and on Today Show during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Related to that, I am a producer on the documentary, The Search for General Tso (which might be renamed), with Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis of Wicked Delicate films. We have received a development grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (yay!)
NPR called me a “conceptual scoop artist,” in part because of a popular story I did on the “man date.” I was user 1324 on Facebook and have my own version of the Reddit alien (also known as “snoo”). I was listed in the Esquire “Women We Love” issue in 2003.
I received my degree in applied math and economics at Harvard University (where I was vice president of The Harvard Crimson). Then I went to Beijing University for a year on fellowship and studied international relations.
As a result of those college computer science classes, I like to tinker with python, which is an elegant language. But I have long discovered I am not a debugger.