an internationally syndicated columnist, writes about America's
relationship with the Pacific Rim and travels frequently to Asia.
Mr. Plate's columns have appeared in many world newspapers, in Asia
and the United States. He is a columnist with The Honolulu
Advertiser, The South China Morning Post of Hong Kong, and The
Straits Times of Singapore. His column also runs in such leading
newspapers as The San Francisco Chronicle, The Japan Times in Tokyo,
The Korea Times (USA and South Korea) and The Seattle Times – all
via the Los Angeles Times Syndicate International and the Tribune
Media Services/Knight-Ridder news service.
Plate has a joint appointment in the College of Letters and Science
as well as in the School of Public Policy at the University of
California, at Los Angeles, where he began teaching full time in
1996. He teaches courses on Asia's media and politics, and on
business, government and media ethics. He has lectured at UCLA's
Anderson School, the East West Center at the University of Hawaii,
The Getty Museum and Trust, and at universities in Asia. He is
currently working on an autobiography and is heard on radio as an
occasional BBC commentator.
is the founder of the non-profit Asia Pacific Media Network,
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.
Plate is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy,
the Century Association of New York and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
He is a graduate of Amherst College and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs, with a master’s degree
in public and international affairs. He is the author of five books
and has been a journalist at Time, Newsday, New York Magazine and
“CBS Family Week.” From 1989-1995 he was Editor of the Editorial
Pages of the Los Angeles Times. He has won numerous journalism
awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Deadline
Writing Award and the Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award for
“Best Editorial.” Recently, he was a Media Fellow at Stanford
University and a fellow in Tokyo at the famed Foreign Press Center's
annual Asia-Pacific Media Conference. He is listed in Who's Who in
America and for the last several years has been a participant at the
annual retreat of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.