About Me

I’m a writer based in San Francisco’s East Bay area. I recently published my first novel, My Life as a Cadaver: A Survivor’s Tale, Hopefully my collection of short stories, Tivoli Gardens, will come out in late 2014. 

I’m a former journalist, having worked as a foreign corresponded in Japan and Asia for many years. I was a Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Visiting Scholar at UC’s Human Rights Center when I wrote the book Levi’s Children: Coming to Terms with Human Rights in the Global Marketplace. 

Other bona fides: I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in a mid-career career program for journalists. As a roving Pacific Rim correspondent for the San Jose Mercury News I received the Overseas Press Club's Whitman Bassow Award in for Environmental Reporting for work on electronic waste dumping in China. My reporting career spanned 25 years, working in Tokyo for the Los Angeles Times and The Asian Wall Street Journal and in Hong Kong for the magazine Fortune. 

You could call me a Japan hack. I graduated from Stanford with a degree in Japanese Language & Literature. Then I studied modern literature at Kyoto University in.  Before becoming a reporter I was a cab driver in San Francisco and a social worker in Oakland. I have three fantastic daughters and occasional visitation rights to my black cat.


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  Karl Schoenberger 

  3060 El Cerrito Plaza #152

  El Cerrito, CA 94530 

  (510) 229-8020

  kschoenb at gmail