The Man On The Other End Of The Line

Whenever my phone at home rings at odd hours, the person on the other end is almost always Howard Chua-Eoan, one of our assistant managing editors and the person responsible for overseeing TIME's correspondents in the U.S. and around the world. He is the bearer of late-breaking news, telling me about the latest crisis and whom he dispatched to cover it. I always give a groggy O.K. since Howard's judgment on how to handle a story is impeccable.

Howard began his career here as the Saturday secretary, while still a student at Columbia University's journalism school. Born and raised in Manila,...

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