About Me

ChopI’m a national correspondent in the McClatchy DC Bureau, and previously was based for three years in Beijing. I’ve reported and traveled across much of China and other Asian countries, including Myanmar, Mongolia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines. This site showcases my stories from 2016, when I took a leave from McClatchy and freelanced in Beijing for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic and other media.

Prior to arriving in China in early 2014, I worked for four years as editorial page editor for The Sacramento Bee, managing a staff of six for the leading newspaper in California’s state capital.

I started my daily newspaper career in 1984 – at the Asahi Evening News in Tokyo, Japan. After earning an M.S. in journalism at Columbia University in 1986, I worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and California, specializing in environmental reporting.

While at Columbia, I was lucky to meet the adventurous Micaela Massimino. We have been married since 1988.

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