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Southeast Asia Globe - - Editorial - Tom O’Con­nell Ed­i­tor

Tom O’Con­nell joined the South­east Asia Globe team as ed­i­tor in 2018 soon af­ter mov­ing to Asia from the United States. The long­time pub­lish­ing pro­fes­sional has filled a va­ri­ety of ed­i­to­rial roles for the likes of the Times of Lon­don, the New York Times, Fast Com­pany and dozens of other me­dia out­lets, and his work has ap­peared in De­tails, New

York Press, Bri­tish Esquire, and En­ter­tain­ment Weekly.

Back in his na­tive coun­try, Tom was a free­lance writer and ed­i­tor, and also moon­lighted as a watch­dog jour­nal­ist cov­er­ing drug pol­icy and crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form. For the Globe, he en­joys cov­er­ing these

is­sues plus hu­man rights and press free­dom.

“I al­ways thought it’d be fas­ci­nat­ing to do jour­nal­ism far from home, in a place with chal­lenges I never faced in the United States. I was wor­ried I wouldn’t feel wel­come in Cam­bo­dia, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It feels like home.”

When he’s not edit­ing, Tom en­joys ex­plor­ing Ph­nom Penh on foot, which he says is the best way to get to know a place.

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