Los Angeles Bureau Chief,
Since being named TIME's Los Angeles Bureau Chief in October 2000, Terry McCarthy has covered stories on diverse topics ranging from LA street gangs to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He also spent three months covering the war on terror, filing regular reports from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mr. McCarthy started at TIME in 1997, reopening its Shanghai bureau, which had been closed since Mao kicked out foreign correspondents in 1949. As TIME's East Asia roving correspondent, he reported from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Dili, Saipan, Jakarta, and remote locales.
In his early journalism career, Mr. McCarthy worked for the Irish Press in Dublin in 1984 before leaving his native Ireland. He then worked as a journalist in Mexico and London, becoming Southeast Asia correspondent for the Independent of London in 1987 and subsequently its Tokyo Bureau Chief. After moving to the U.S. in 1995, he wrote for the New Yorker and the British satirical magazine Punch.
Mr. McCarthy was educated at a Benedictine monastery, where he studied Latin and Greek. He studied philosophy at University College in Dublin.