As media relations specialist, Derek Ferrar authors East-West Wire and website articles, handles news releases and media inquiries, connects journalists with expert sources on Asia Pacific issues and otherwise facilitates the dissemination of East-West Center programs, activities and resources through the media. He was formerly a public information specialist with the state's Office of Hawaiian Affairs, editor of Hawaiian Airlines' Hana Hou! magazine and a founding editor of the Honolulu Weekly newspaper. As a writer, he has traveled extensively in Asia and the Pacific on assignment, and his articles on the region's people, places and cultures have appeared in such publications as Outside, Utne Reader, Travel+Leisure and Pacifica. Awards include the Philippines government's national Kalakbay Award for foreign travel writer of the year, several Excellence in Journalism awards from the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and several Hawaii Publishers' Association writing awards. Born in New York City, he lived in India for several years in the late 1970s and settled in Hawaii in 1985.
Media Relations Specialist
FerrarD [at] EastWestCenter [dot] org
B.A. in journalism, University of Hawaii, Minor concentration in ethnomusicology