About me: Creative writer. Thoughtful observer. Resourceful journalist. Lover of a good story. Gulf Coaster. Fan of road trips and international wandering and good food. Grew up in Alabama with Taiwanese roots. Can’t stand the question “Where are you really from?”

Bio: I’m an experienced business journalist who’s currently a Knight-Bagehot fellow at Columbia University. I’m also the CEO of LedBetter, a web app launching in 2016 that will highlight the gender gap in the top leadership of major consumer brands. I started my career at The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, where I covered the arts and travel out of China, Taiwan and Laos. Most recently, I covered the U.S. oil industry for energy news wire Argus Media, a subscription-only publication tailored to an expert audience.  Previously I led the green energy web vertical and investment coverage for VentureBeat and covered local news for the Houston Chronicle. My work has also appeared on North Texas Public Radio (KERA 90.1), out of the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and on the front pages of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Miami Herald.

My work ranges from chasing deepwater platform fires to tackling big features on the American energy boom and its aftermath. I’ve also  reported on a speculative boom in the price of tea leaves in China and golf course brawls in Houston. A recent favorite: visiting oil caverns deep beneath sugar cane fields in Louisiana, washed down over the weekend with beignets and  grilled oysters.

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  2. Hi Iris,

    Hope you are well on this beautiful Thursday.

    I’m sure you have a million emails from random people like me.

    Hear me out, no sales pitch.

    I work for ChaiOne, an enterprise mobility agency here in Houston. We work with some of the top Fortune 500 Companies. Our clients are mainly in Oil and Gas and the industrial space.

    We specialize in UX research and developing contextual applications for today’s mobile worker. We maintain a highly trafficked blog covering these topics.

    If you like what you read, would you consider writing a guest blog post for us?

    We would obviously pay you. If you are interested, please reply with your rates.

    Thanks so much for your time Iris.

    Have a fabulous rest of your day!


  3. Saw your email to me just before the Windows 8 laptop went deep 6. Please send me another, as I have switched to a MAC and am rebuilding my address book. Glad to see you’re well and all healed. Cheers.

  4. Sheena Byrnes says:

    Good morning Iris,
    I just finished reading a story about the apps designed to show if a company employs a fair percentage of women. It’s a wonderful idea. Would it be possible to also find out what percentage of people over 50, both women and men, companies employ?
    Age discrimination is rampant. I’ve several well educated, entirely competent friends over 50 who either cannot get jobs at all or are working jobs far beneath what they’ve had in the past.
    Just a thought.
    Thank you,
    Sheena Byrnes

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