Born in San Francisco, raised in Mill Valley, I’m the daughter of immigrant architects who crossed an ocean for grad school, and a measure of freedom from tradition and obligation. After two decades as a newspaper reporter, I’m now researching my grand-father’s legacy, including an estranged aunt who went from Ivy league architect to homeless in Manhattan. This feels harder than any beat I had in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Long Island, New York City, Washington D.C. or Beijing, for the South China Morning Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post. I’m a Knight Fellowship alum, and briefly taught reporting to non-journalists at UC Berkeley Extension. I live with my husband Steve, an investigative reporter at ESPN, and my stepson Will is a sophomore at the University of Michigan.