Heda Bayron has worked in Asia for more than a decade as a print and broadcast reporter, editor and journalism lecturer. She grew up in the conflict-ridden island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines.
Her journalism career started in the business pages of Manila's Businessworld newspaper, followed by years covering the Asian capital markets for magazines Asiamoney and The Asset. In 2000, she joined Voice of America's Asia News Center in Hong Kong. While with VOA, she has covered some of Asia's biggest news events and issues — the war on terrorism, the North Korean nuclear crisis, SARS, the 2004 Asian tsunami and China's economic and political ascendancy. She currently works freelance and is based in Bangkok.