Hal Plotkin

Professional Background

Senior Open Policy Fellow
Creative Commons USA
August 2014 to Present

Provide thought leadership, communications, outreach, and practical technical assistance on the relationship between public policy and open intellectual property licenses on behalf of Creative Commons USA, the authorized affiliate of Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a global public benefit non-profit organization that provides free open intellectual property licenses and promotes their use to enable collaborative progress in science, education, culture, and business. Current personal professional goals, short term: promote wider appreciation of the positive outcomes associated with publicly-funded openly licensed educational resources, most notably those produced by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grants. Longer-term goal: ensure permanent sustainability for essential public open licensing infrastructure by embedding ongoing fiscal support in the revenue stream derived from fees charged for registration of copyrights, consistent with the purposes and intent of the copyright clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Under Secretary
United States Department of Education
July 2009 to August 2014

Provided strategic advice, grants related project management leadership and served as a final decision clearance officer in all areas of federal policy related to the achievement of President Obama’s 2020 graduation goal. Special responsibilities include serving as a principal liaison to the Department of Labor in connection with the design, implementation, continuous improvement and oversight of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program, which provided up to $2 billion over four years to create, use and improve Open Educational Resources (OER). Served as expert advisor on OER to other groups, agencies and governments, including the Departments of State, Justice, Energy, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, UNESCO, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), among others. Represented the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Education at domestic and international meetings and conferences focused on advanced uses of technology, including those based on OER, to promote the most rapid expansion possible of affordable access to high-quality education and job-training opportunities, with special attention to the closure of achievement gaps.

Founder, Chairman and CEO, board member
Center for Media Change, Inc.
January 2006 to Present

The Center for Media Change, Inc. (CMC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization I founded that enriches our culture and strengthens our democracy by facilitating the creation, development and market testing of new Internet-based business models designed to preserve the economic and professional viability of fact-based journalism. CMC’s first project,, pioneered online crowd-funding of quality-screened documentary film projects more than a year before CMC also sponsored, which enabled public funding of local investigative reporting. CMC’s launch was supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Innovation Fund, The PBS Major Markets Group, The Full Circle Fund, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and individual donors. Now operating under new leadership, CMC’s current projects include Hack the Hood.

Member, Past President and Vice President
Governing Board of Trustees
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
January 2003 to July 2009

Served as one of five members of the governing board that oversees two of California’s largest community colleges with approximately 40,000 students, 1,700 faculty and staff and an annual operating budget in excess of $170 million. Responsibilities included oversight of approximately $700 million in bond financed construction, facilities, program development and technology modernization. Reviewed and approved financial statements, forecasts, budgets, staff development efforts, purchasing and procurement practices. Special focus on developing new initiatives to bolster student and institutional success through advanced uses of technology.

• In 2003, conceived, proposed, introduced and enacted innovative board-level policy to promote the faculty-led creation, use and improvement of public domain learning materials (now known as Open Education Resources), the first such formal policy at a U.S. institution of higher education.
• In 2008, worked with California Assemblyman Ira Ruskin to craft AB 2261, the first California state legislation promoting the use of Open Educational Resources. The bill passed and was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
• Spearheaded implementation of revised technology-based purchasing procedures that achieved significant procurement efficiencies and cost reductions.
• Led board in evaluating, selecting and overseeing financial services team to underwrite $490 million bond measure, oversaw recruitment and placement of new senior management team caused by a wave of retirements.

As Chair of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee I also oversaw relationships with, reviewed and approved reports from internal and external auditors, retained financial services firms and government agencies. Oversight areas included the development and execution of personnel and compensation policies, general accounting functions including AR/AP and cash management, collaborated with administrative personnel to develop board agendas, and with senior managers to monitor organizational performance. I enjoyed a broad exposure to the operational requirements of a major provider of educational programs and services.

Principal Investigator/Project Manager
Creative Commons
January 2005 to January 2006

Author of Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guide for Community College Governance Officials. This free policy development guidebook was initially released in draft form in 2006, collaboratively updated, published in final form by Creative Commons in September, 2009, and has since been accessed or downloaded nearly 10,000 times. Funding for this project was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Technology Columnist
August 1998 to December 2002

Columnist covering business, technology and public policy for, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle. My complete archives are available here.
Silicon Valley Correspondent
July 1999 to August 2001

Wrote daily columns, features and reports covering high-tech developments in Silicon Valley, national, and international markets. Complete archives are available here.

Independent Journalist
December 1984 to June 1999 and January 2003 to January 2005

Served in a variety of contract and freelance positions covering business, science, education and technology including as Associate Editor of Inc. Magazine’s International Edition, Contributing Writer, Inc. Magazine and Inc. Technology magazine, Editor of Entrepreneur Of The Year Magazine, Editor of Biotechnology in Japan Newservice, Silicon Valley Correspondent for Securities Industry Daily, Consulting Associate Editor of World Trade Magazine, monthly columnist at Biotechnology magazine, News Editor at the San Jose Metro and Contributing Editor at Bylined articles have also appeared in The Harvard Communications Update, The Harvard Business Management Update, Forbes ASAP, International Business magazine, Arthur Andersen’s, California magazine, California Business magazine, Boulevards, Family Business magazine and the Peninsula Times Tribune, among others.

Marketplace Radio
Founding Commentary Editor/Segment Producer
November 1988 to November 1990

Founding Commentary Editor of Marketplace, a daily international business public radio news program broadcast nationally via The American Public Radio Network. Served as founding editor, daily segment producer, reporter, substitute anchor during start-up mode working with initial staff of four.

Manuscript Editor
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
September 1981 to October 1983

Revised and edited scientific manuscripts.

California Economic Strategy Panel
State of California
January 1993 to January 1995

One of three members appointed by the Speaker of the California State Assembly.

Silicon Valley Reporter
KPEN (97.7FM)
1979 to1984

Host and reporter for a weekly high tech economy talk show on this 3,000 watt Bay Area commercial radio station; wrote and produced news specials and business coverage; served as Public Affairs Director. Final Arbitron rating of 4.2 (18-49 year olds) in Sunday morning rating period topping both the local CBS and ABC affiliates.

Sunday School Teacher
Congregation Beth-Am
1991 to 1999

Taught 6th grade with primary focus on Jewish ethics.


Associate of Arts, History (1985)
Foothill Community College – Los Altos Hills, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Sciences (1986)
San Jose State University – San Jose, CA
(Major combined Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology)

Brief Personal History

I grew up in a single-parent family that was often on welfare and food stamps during my teen years. My mother endured frequent bouts of unemployment and depression. My younger sister and I both involuntarily left high school to work when we were teenagers (age 14) to help meet family living expenses. I managed to complete high school while working fulltime as a pizza cook after I was given academic credit for some of my work activities. I began attending Foothill Community College part-time while working fulltime, including as a drugstore clerk and gas station bathroom cleaner, taking mostly night and early morning classes. My college studies were frequently interrupted for financial reasons before I finally earned my A.A. and B.A. degrees, the latter of which was completed 11 years after I first enrolled. During this period, a handful of dedicated community college instructors helped me discover and develop my talents as a writer, which enabled me to launch my career as a journalist, commentator and broadcaster specializing in business, technology, education, and science. I owe much to the public system of higher education that lifted me out of poverty and have worked over the years to strengthen these vital public institutions in my work as a researcher, broadcaster and journalist and through community service and public office.

More complete biographical details, including links to videos of recent speeches and presentations, as well as a link to a short video about the challenges I overcame in my early years that was produced on the occasion of my receipt of an award for notable public service, can be accessed via my biographical page on Wikipedia.

Selected Recent Presentations/Recognition

Office of the Governor, State of California, Sacramento, CA, October, 2016

Organized expert study session for leaders of the state department of finance at the request of the Office of the Governor on trends and practices related to Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) degrees for community college students. The study session led to the inclusion by the Governor of a new $5 million grant program in the state budget to support the rollout of ZTC degrees in 20 California community colleges.

Recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame Award, Houston, Texas, May 2016.

Platform Cooperatives Consortium (PCC) Organizing Meeting, New York, New York, Nov. 2016

Invited participant at the Platform Cooperatives Consortium organizing meeting, a membership organization designed to support existing digital platform co-ops and help launch or convert other businesses to member-owned digital co-ops.

Open Government Partnership (OGP) General Meeting, Paris, France, December 2016
Co-host and panelist at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State at session designed to increase the number of OGP member countries who include a priority related to open educational resources in their national action plans.

IIDEXCanada, Canada’s National Architecture and Design Symposium, December 1, 2015
Served as an expert panelist at the National Summit on Accessibility @ IIDEXCanada, Canada’s National Architecture and Design Symposium, December 1, 2015, at the invitation of the director of the Inclusive Design Research Center (IDRC) at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. Participated in IDRC luncheon consultation on emerging issues in inclusive design, OER and digital education.

Open Government Partnership (OGP) General Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, September 2015
Co-host and panelist at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State at session designed to encourage OGP member countries inclusion of a priority related to open educational resources in their national action plans.

Culture Committee and the Education Committee of the Brazilian House of Representatives July 2015
Delivered keynote address to convened session of Brazil’s House of Representatives on the appropriate use of open licenses in national education and intellectual property policy at the invitation of Congresswomen Jandira Feghali and Luciana Santos and Congressman Aliel Machado to promote the International Seminar on Open Educational Resources held on the 19th of August, 2015 in the Brazilian House of Representatives.

Public Policy Course, Washington State Office of Technical Colleges, July 2015
Participated in planning and filming of a new undergraduate level course on “Open Educational Resources and Public Policy” produced by In the Telling, an award-winning educational and documentary production group based in Boulder, Colorado, with funding and content distribution provided by the Washington State Technical College system.

Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme Collège d’études mondiales, June 2014
Acted to organize and co-convene “Open Education Resources: European Community, Central Asia and Eastern Europe High-Level Strategy Workshop” with French Ministry of Education and Research, Paris, France, with support from the Open Society Foundation and Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH). Other participants included 14 prominent education ministry and local government officials and open educational resources activists from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Hungary, Poland, Norway and Moldova, and representatives from ten French digital universities.

UNESCO World Open Educational Resources Congress, Paris, France – June 2012
Vice President of the first UNESCO World Congress on Open Educational Resources; presided over two general sessions that led to the unanimous enactment of the 2012 UNESCO Declaration on Open Educational Resources featuring final language approved by both the U.S. Departments of State and Education. Co-chaired the U.S. delegation to the Congress with the U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO; engaged in multilateral and bi-lateral talks to advance goals established by the Declaration.

House of Legislatives of Sao Paulo State, Sao Paulo, Brazil – May 2011
Provided invited expert testimony at informational legislative hearing organized Sao Paulo State Senator Simon Pedro on the opportunities for increasing access to high-quality educational programs and services and increased cross-border educational exchanges created by Open Educational Resources and associated supportive policies. Subsequent legislation promulgated by Senator Pedro established new guidelines that support the free and open use of educational materials created with public funds.

International Council for Open and Distance Education, Bali, Indonesia – October 2011

Keynote Speaker at the 23rd annual meeting of the ICDE at a meeting organized with the support and participation of the President of Indonesia. Conducted multilateral conversations with representatives from around the world designed to win support for U.S. education diplomacy efforts underway at the OECD and UNESCO related to OER.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France – September 2010
Member of U.S. delegation participating in regular policy-setting meeting of the OECD Education Policy Committee (ED-PC) attended all committee meetings, seminars and social events with a special focus on providing support and direction to the OECD Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in promoting studies of OER.

OpenCourseWare Consortium Annual Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam – May 2010
Keynote Speaker at the 9th annual meeting of the U.S.-based OpenCourseWare Consortium; met with representatives from around the world, with a heavy emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, to facilitate shared development and continuous improvement of Open Educational Resources. Met with senior officials of the government of Vietnam in talks designed to increase engagement between U.S. and Vietnam-based higher education institutions as coordinated by the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.

Mozilla Foundation Drumbeat Open ED Festival, Barcelona, Spain – November 2010
Speaker, Panelist and Discussion Leader at the 8th annual meeting of the Open Education Conference held concurrent with the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival. Led sessions designed to develop new types of online educational and job training certificates in coordination with employers in fast-growing, high-wage fields.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals, Warsaw, Poland – August 2010
Represented the Obama administration at Microsoft Corporation’s annual Imagine Cup Competition Final Awards Ceremony; honored achievements by student teams from around the world who have developed new software products designed to meet Millennium Development Goals, accepted the Imagine Cup flag from the Vice President of Poland in the closing ceremony, acting on behalf of President and Mrs. Obama.

Some Selected Publications

“Free to Learn: an Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officers,” Creative Commons, September 2010

“Take a Class and Save Funding for Area’s Community Colleges,” OpEd, San Jose Mercury News, December 20, 2006.

“Time for Colleges To Get Out Of The Dead Tree Business,” OpEd, San Jose Mercury News, August 18, 2005.

“Open Source Government,”, August 29, 2002. 

“Is Risk the Cost of Innovation?” The Harvard Management Communication Letter, April 1, 2002. 

“The Debut of Creative Commons,”, February 11, 2002.

“Picture This: Government Websites Are For The People, Not Incumbent Officeholders,”, October 24, 2002.

“Free Higher Education: MIT Fires The First Real Shot,”, May 10, 2001.

“Energy Independence Now: We Need A New Energy Revolution,”, October 4, 2001.

“Online Government: Bringing the Public Sector Up to Speed,”, February 1, 1999. 

“We’re Flying Blind: Time for New Economic Metrics,”, June 22, 1999.

“The Kids Are Not Alright: Why Johnny Can’t Compute,”, September 15, 1999. 

“UC Should Broadcast Class Lectures Online,”, October 28, 1999.

“Six Sigma: What It Is and How To Use It,” The Harvard Management Update, June 1999.

“Tear Down the Walls: College in the Digital Age,”, August 31, 1998.

“Closing the Digital Divide: Is the Dream of Racial Equality Stuck in an Infinite Loop?”, October 8, 1998. 

“The Open Source Revolution,”, August 3, 1998. 

“What They Do and Don’t Teach You in Business School,” Inc. magazine, December 1997. 

“Hollywood Lures High School Animators with Sweet Deals,” Inc. magazine, January 1997. 

“Student Uprising: A Review of Collegiate Entrepreneurship Programs,” Inc. magazine, August, 1996. 

“Business, Bureaucrats, Reinvent Local Government,” Inc. magazine, November, 1996. 

“A Couple of Yahoos: Pre-IPO Profile of Yahoo! Founders David Filo and Jerry Yang,” San Jose Metro, April 11, 1996. 

“Right on the Money: The Hoover Institution at Stanford University,” San Jose Metro, November 22, 1995. 

“The New Politics: John Vasconcellos and his Impact on California,” San Jose Metro, November 4, 1992.

“Coming Unglued: An Expose of Santa Clara County’s Failing Mental Health System,” San Jose Metro, October 18, 1990. 

“Daily Bread: How the Defense Department Bought Off America’s Newspapers,” San Jose Metro, July 14, 1988. 

“What (and Why) You Should Know About Open Source Software,” The Harvard Management Update, December 1, 1998.

“Entrepreneurs in the Next Century: Q&A with Alvin Toffler.” Entrepreneur Of The Year Magazine, Fall 1996.

“Economic Incentives for Investment Cannot Take the Place of Hard Work.” OpEd, The Peninsula Times Tribune. 22 October 1986.

“Late Aid: Red Tape Stymies Student Aid Programs,” San Jose Metro, September 5, 1985.

“Paying for a Higher Education – There Must Be A Better Way,” (OpEd in support of a voluntary national service program), The Peninsula Times Tribune. 7 November 1985.


Additional Publications

“How to Write Fast, Effective Business Memos in Nine Easy Steps.” Harvard Communications Update. September 1999.

“Keeping Score on Congress.” 11 May 1999.

“Oh Holy Net: Does the Hand of God Know HTML?” April 1999.

“DSL Gaining Ground with Businesses.” 22 April 1999.

“Understanding Six Sigma.” Harvard Management Update. April 1999.

“Love Bytes: Will the Net Flatten Maslow’s Pyramid?” April 1999.

“Killing the Rainmakers: The Dying Art of High-Tech Public Relations.” March 1999.

“Power to The People: The Return of Cold Fusion.” March 1999.

“Biotech Rules Part II: Science, Serendipity, and the Web.” March 1999.

“Enterprise Resource Software Programs (ERPs): How to Make Them Work.” Harvard Management Update. March 1999.

“Is Telmex Playing the Game Too Well?” 18 February 1999.

“Communicating with Telecommuters.” Harvard Communications Update. February 1999.

“Biotech Rules Part I: Anyone Wanna Buy a Cure For Cancer?” February 1999.

“Online Government: Bringing the Public Sector Up to Speed.” February 1999.

“Speed Kills: How PacBell’s New DSL Service Trips up the Competition.” January 1999.

“Net Unemployment: Will the Internet Put You Out of Work?” January 1999.

“The Year Ahead for the FCC and Congress.” 30 December 1998.

“What (and Why) You Need to Know About Open Source Software.” Harvard Management Update. December 1998.

“Time for a Silver Bullet: How to Make Tech Companies Do the Right Thing.” December 1998.

“The Socket Wars: How Intel is Giving R&D a Bad Name.” December 1998.

“Study Prepares to Cross Virtual Borders.” 11 December 1998.

“Free Money Here! Online Help Finding Venture Capital — Some You May Not Want to Use.” November 1998.

“Plug ‘n’ Play Computer Networks?” 25 November 1998.

“Internet Service Providers Prepare for Baby Bells’ Entry.” 5 November 1998.

“Poof! Instant LAN (You’re Already Wired).” November 1998.

“New Age Voting: How Technology Might Help Revolutionize Democracy.” October 1998.

“Why It’s Not Clicking For Asia.” October 1998.

“Showdown at the FCC Corral.” 22 October 1998.

“Tear Down The Walls: College in the Digital Age.” September 1998.

“The Open Source Revolution: Mr. Gates, Meet Mr. Torvolds.” August 1998.

“What’s Your Bank Done For You Lately?” 8 August 1998.

“Open Source Software: Business Users Favor New Approach.” 21 July 1998.

“Have You Read Your Software Licenses?” 21 July 1998.

“Venture Capital Boom Changes Critical Market Dynamics.” 3 July 1998.

“Technology for Telecommuters.” 30 June 1998.

“Managing Telecommuters Builds Better Management Skills.” 29 June 1998.

“Collaborate Locally to Compete Globally.” 27 May 1998.

“The Next Wave: Mass Customization.” 4 May 1998.

“The Deal of the Art: A Cautionary Tale of Online Sales.” 16 May 1998.“Art Net.” Forbes ASAP. April 1998.

“Pioneers Thrive as Old Ways Die.” Inc. April 1998.

“Virtual Assistants: New Breed of Executive Office Help.” 13 March 1998.

“Videoconferencing Competitors Draw Battle Lines.” 13 March 1998.

“States Move Independently Toward Energy Deregulation.” 5 January 1998.

“SEC Rule Change Means More Scrutiny for Certain Mergers and Acquisitions.” 26 January 1998.

“Technology Lags Behind ‘Thin-Client’ Approach.” 16 December 1997.

“A Road Show Without The Road.” 9 December 1997.

Videoconferencing Taking Hold in the Market.” 9 December 1997.

“What They Do (and Don’t) Teach You in Business School.” Inc. December 1997.

“Update: Can Tripod Stand?” Inc. December 1997.

“I’m Your Assistant, and I’m Not Here to Help You.” Inc. October 1997.

“Trillion-Dollar Jackpot Bypasses Small Biz, Says SBA.” Inc. August 1997.

“Seeking Quality, Juicer Squeezes Out Franchisees.” Inc. July 1997.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Vineyard.” Inc. June 1997.

“Cisco Systems Secret: Entrepreneurs Sell Out, Stay Put.” Inc. March 1997.

“Jig May Be Up on Fantastic Stock Multiples from Roll-up Acquisitions.” Inc. February 1997.

“Hollywood Lures High School Animators with Sweet Deals.” Inc. January 1997.

“Small Biz Gets No Charge from Electricity Deregulation.” Inc. December 1996.

“Business, Bureaucrats Reinvent Local Government.” Inc. November 1996.

“Prop. 13 Time Bomb Explodes, Start-ups Hit.” Inc. October 1996.

“Student Uprising.” Inc. August 1996.

“Entrepreneurs in the Next Century: Q&A with Alvin Toffler.” Entrepreneur Of The Year magazine, Fall 1996.

“Working with The Best of the Best: Q&A with Gregory K. Ericksen, Chairman of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute.” Entrepreneur Of The Year Magazine, Fall 1996.

“Dining a la Data.” Inc. Technology, Vol. #4, 1995.

“Right on the Money: Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.” San Jose Metro. 22 November 1995.

“Internet Video: A New Tool for Brokerages?” Redemption Digest and Securities Industry Daily. 21 June 1995.

“Software Firm Providing Secured Internet Transactions.” Redemption Digest and Securities Industry Daily. 21 June 1995.

“Navigator Service Helps Users Find Way.” Redemption Digest and Securities Industry Daily. 21 June 1995.

“U.S. Financial Firms Could be the Losers in Case Involving Encryption.” Redemption Digest and Securities Industry Daily. 21 June 1995.

“Invasion of the Cybercensors.” San Jose Metro. 22 June 1995.

“Spin Doctors.” (Profile of Rykodisk, Inc.) Inc. Technology. Summer 1995 Vol. 2

“Contract on the Environment.” San Jose Metro. 20 April 1995.

“Riches from Rags.” (Profile of French Rags, Inc.) Inc. Technology. Summer 1995 Vol 1.

“The Next Big Initiative.” San Jose Metro. 29 December 1994.

“The CEO Who Came in From the Cold.” Inc. March 1994.

“Internet: Data Pathway to the 21st Century.” The New Democrat. February, 1994.

“Business 2000: The New World Order.” Special Advertorial Section. Inc. December 1993.

“In the China Shop.” International Section. Inc. September 1993.

“Profiting From Logistics.” (Profile of Fritz Companies, Ltd.) International Business. August 1993.

“Valley of Dreamers.” (Joint Venture Silicon Valley) San Jose Metro. 14 January 1993.

“Where Are They Now?” (Report on 10 fastest-growing U.S. multinational companies) International Business. June 1993.

“Japan and the U.S. Entrepreneur: Partners in Progress.” Special Advertorial Section. Inc. October 1992

“The New Politics.” (Report on Gov. Clinton’s Silicon Valley strategy) San Jose Metro cover story. 29 October 1992.

“Hot Seat.” (Report on Silicon Valley congressional race). San Jose Metro. 22 October 1992.

“Played in Japan.” (Profile of Videonics, Inc.) San Jose Metro cover story. 12 December 1991.

“Oh, Boy, it’s Tom Terrific: Meet the Man who Wants to Be Your Next Senator.” (Profile of GOP US Senate candidate Tom Campbell). San Jose Metro over story. 21 May 1992.

“The Second Son Also Rises.” (Profile of Chicago’s Krehbiel family, founders of Molex, Inc.) Family Business. March 1991.

“Coming Unglued.” (Expose of impact of funding crisis on state mental health system). San Jose Metro cover story. 18 October 1990.

“Japan Roundup.” Abstract of current Japanese biotechnology research. Co-author of regular monthly column. Biotechnology. October 1987 to January 1989.

“International Partners.” (Profile of Cinzia, Inc., an international women’s apparel firm.) Inc. May 1989.

“Chinese Checkers.” (Remote Monitoring of Chinese Utilization of American Supercomputers.) Insider Section. Inc. February 1989.

“The End of the Line.” (Profile of Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.) Insider Section. Inc. February 1989.

“How Now Ed Zschau.” Insider Section. Inc. December 1988.

“Going International.” International Edition. Inc. November 1988.

“Multi-National Start-up.” Inc. ibid.

“Political Drives (Ed Zschau profile).” California Business. November 1988.

“Cutting Capital Gains Taxes: A Concept Worth of Joe Isuzu.” The Peninsula Times Tribune. 19 October 1988.

“The Well-Tailored Pitch.” (Profile of clothing retailer George Zimmer). California Business. September 1988.

“Just Plain Folk.” (Singers Hope and Rebeka) San Jose Metro. 25 August 1988.

“How the Defense Department Bought America’s Newspapers.” San Jose Metro. 14 July 1988.

“The Small Business Mayor (Profile of San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos).” Inc. July 1988.

“What Other Law Enforcement Officials Say.” (Gun Control) San Jose Metro. 30 June 1988.

“Let Them Eat Pies.” Insider Section. Inc. June 1988.

“Classified Information.” (Pentagon waste and media influence buying.) California Business. May 1988.

“Moral Regenerates.” (Ethics on Campus). San Jose Metro. 11 February 1988.

“Silicon Valley Innovation: Suffocating from Federal Fiscal Embrace.” The Peninsula Times Tribune. 2 March 1987.

“Bug Juice Not Included.” (RDNA experiments using genetic material from fireflies [Lampyridae, genus: Photinus). California. December 1987.

“Massachusetts to Mars.” (Interview of presidential candidate Gov. Michael Dukakis). San Jose Metro. 22 October 1987.

“No Apologies, No Regrets.” (Profile of Pete McCloskey). San Jose Metro. 1 October 1987.

“Frankly Ernest.” (Profile of Congressman Ernest Konnyu). San Jose Metro. 1 October 1987.

“Momentum Builds to Oust Congressmember.” San Jose Metro. 20 August 1987.

“Economic Incentives for Investment Cannot Take the Place of Hard Work.” (Analysis of impact of Capital Gains Tax reduction on labor tax rates). The Peninsula Times Tribune. 22 October 1986.

“New Wave Taxation: No Income Necessary.” San Jose Metro. 16 January 1986.

“Paying for a Higher Education – There Must be a Better Way.” (OPED in support of a voluntary National Service program) The Peninsula Times Tribune. 7 November 1985.

“Public Eye.” Weekly column (contributor). San Jose Metro. January 1986 to January 2003.