R. Kaya Laterman is a long-time freelance reporter. She is currently a regular contributor to the Metropolitan section of The New York Times and the Science/Innovation section at the Daily Beast, among others. Prior work includes writing for the New York section of The Wall Street Journal.
She was also a news wire reporter for various media outlets, including stints as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo for Bridge News (formerly known as Knight Ridder Financial) and TheStreet.com. She is fluent in Japanese.