Awards

1st Place Commentary - Society of Professional Journalists Northern California, 2016

1st Place Feature Columns - San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 2016

2nd Place Political-News Columns - San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 2016

1st Place Feature Columns - San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 2015

3rd Place Political-News Columns - San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 2015

1st Place Column/Criticism - Guild Freelance Journalism Awards, 2014

Shorenstein Center Scholarship - Harvard University, 2010 and 2011

Global Justice Award - Media That Matters Film Festival, 2010
Voices From Guantanamo

3rd Place Opinion Writing - American Academy of Religion Journalism Awards, 2010

Best Documentary - Jury Award, USA Film Festival, 2006
Knocking

Best Documentary Audience Award - Indianapolis International Film Festival, 2006
Knocking

Best Documentary Audience Award - Trenton Film Festival, 2006
Knocking

Best First Film, Jury Award - Long Island International Film Expo, 2006
Knocking

1st Place Opinion Writing - Society of Professional Journalists Northern California, 2003
Hepatitis B -- Asians' Silent Epidemic  (San Francisco Chronicle January 3, 2003)

2nd Place Specialty Story - San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 2001
Smoking Gun  (San Francisco Weekly May 2, 2001)

1st Place Science Writing - National Press Foundation Science Writing Award, 2000
Genes Without Frontiers  (San Francisco Weekly February 9, 2000)

Finalist Feature Writing - Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award, 2000
The Vintage People  (San Francisco Weekly August 4, 1999)

Finalist Feature Writing - Magazine Awards of Western Publishing (Maggies), 2000
East Side Story  (San Francisco Weekly March 3, 1999)

Finalist Feature Writing - University of Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award, 2000
Trophy Boys  (San Francisco Weekly November 18, 1998)

1st Place News Feature Writing - San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 1999
Rage Against the Machine  (San Francisco Weekly December 1, 1999)

Interests

  • Finished seven marathons: New York (2011), Seattle (2009 and 2013), Chicago (2007 and 2008), San Francisco (2006) and San Jose (2005).
  • Completed 545-mile charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.