Tom Plate is an internationally syndicated columnist and Adjunct Professor of Speech and Communication at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA). He is a veteran U.S. journalist who has held senior positions at The Los Angeles Times, TIME, CBS and Newsday. He writes about America's relationship with the Pacific Rim and travels frequently to Asia. Mr. Plate's columns appear in many world papers including The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, The Straits Times in Singapore, The Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), The Japan Times in Tokyo, Mainichi Shimbun (Tokyo-in Japanese), The Korea Times in South Korea, The Seattle Times and the Salem (Oregon) Statesman. The collective circulation of these core newspapers is well into the millions.
Mr. Plate has a joint appointment in the College of Letters and Science and in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA where he began teaching in 1994. He teaches a panel of courses on Asia's media and politics, and on business, government and media ethics. He has lectured at Princeton, at UCLA's Anderson School, the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, The Getty Museum and Trust, before the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and at universities in Asia. He is currently working on a book on Asia and a novel about Japan and America. He has been heard on radio as an occasional BBC commentator.
He is the founder of the non-profit Asia Pacific Media Network (APMN), 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. He is currently director and founder of the UCLA Media Center - a new non-profit organization that brings major media personalities to campus and syndicates high-end op-eds. Mr. Plate is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Princeton Club of New York and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is a graduate of Amherst College (political science - Phi Beta Kappa) and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where he earned his master's degree in public and international affairs.
Mr. Plate is the author of six books, the latest being ‘Confessions of an American Media Man' (Marshall Cavendish) and has been a journalist at Time, Newsday, New York Magazine, CBS and The Daily Mail of London, where he served as guest American editor. From 1989 to 1995 he was Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Los Angeles Times. He has won major journalism awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Deadline Writing Award, the Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award for "Best Editorial" (three years in a row) and the California Newspaper Publishers Award (three times). He has been a Media Fellow at Stanford University and a fellow in Tokyo at the Japanese Foreign Press Center's annual Asia-Pacific Media Conference. He is listed in Who's Who in America and for years was a participant at the annual retreat of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.