Distinguished Scholar, Asian and Pacific Studies
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Founder: Asia Pacific Media Center, Asia Media (asiamedia.lmu.edu)- and Asia Pacific Arts (now at USC)
Syndicated Asia Newspaper Columnist (since 1996)
Director, Founder, Pacific Perspectives Media Center
9950 Durant Drive, Suite 106, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Board Member, Pacific Century Institute;
Senior Fellow, USC Center for Our Digital Future
Princeton Club of New York, Century Assn. NY,
Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Visiting or Full-time Adjunct Professor (1994-2008),
University of California, Los Angeles.
Visiting Professor, United Arab Emirates University
Cell: 310-986-5074 Fax: 310-556-3460
Tom writes about America’s relationship with the Pacific Rim and travels frequently to Asia. Over the years Prof. Plate’s columns have appeared in many world newspapers, including The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, The Straits Times in Singapore, The Khaleej Times (Dubai), The Japan Times in Tokyo, The Korea Times in South Korea, The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) and some mid-sized and small U.S papers. The collective circulation of any combination of these core newspapers at any one time is easily one million — or more. He is currently working on a book series “Giants of Asia” that so far has featured Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohamad, Thaksin Shinawatra, and Ban Ki-moon.
Between 1994-2008, Prof. Plate taught undergraduates courses in media, ethics and Asian media and politics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He was nominated for a teaching award and offered consecutive, three-year, tenure-like teaching contracts. He has lectured or offered seminars at UCLA’s Anderson School, the East- West Center at the University of Hawaii, California Polytechnic State University at Pomona, The Getty Museum and Trust in Los Angeles, the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and at universities in Asia, including the LKY School of Public Policy in Singapore, Kyoto University in Japan, and Melbourne University in Australia. Last year he was a Visiting Professor with the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dahbi, with whom he taught a live interactive course mainly from LMU in Los Angeles.
In the late nineties, he founded the non-profit Asia Pacific Media Network, then at UCLA. He also founded the Pacific Perspectives Media Center – a non-profit entity. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College (political science) and has a master’s degree in public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the author of ten books, including in 2007 “Confessions of an American Media Man.” He has been a staff editor or writer at Time, Newsday, New York Magazine, CBS and The Daily Mail of London. From 1989-1995 he was Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Los Angeles Times. He has been honored with 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). ‘Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew,” the first volume in the ‘Giants of Asia’ series, won the 2011 People’s Choice award for non-fiction.
He has been a Media Fellow at Stanford University and a media fellow in Tokyo at the Japanese Foreign Press Center’s annual Asia-Pacific Media Conference. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he was for years a participant at the annual retreat of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He resides in Beverly Hills with his wife Andrea, a licensed clinical social worker, and their three cats. She has two master’s degrees; the cats have no higher-education degrees — but all have pedigrees.