Hamish McKenzie is lead writer for Tesla Motors, and, until 2014, a journalist. Most recently he was a reporter for the tech blog PandoDaily, where he covered tech media, politics, and international startups, and he is the author of Beta China: The Dawn of an Innovation Generation.
Until early 2012, he was a freelancer, writing features for the Listener, New Zealand’s leading current affairs and arts magazine, and the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper. His work has also appeared in a wide range of publications in the UK, the US, Australia, and Canada, including the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star, and he was a senior editor who helped launch Time Out Hong Kong, where he was also a columnist.
He has reported from Asia, Australasia, North America, and Europe, and he has interviewed many leading figures from the worlds of tech, academia, and entertainment, including Sting, John Cleese, Robert Smith, Bret McKenzie, Billy Corgan, Wayne Coyne, the inventor of synthetic cannabis, Ndaba Mandela, and Cory Booker.
He has written about refugees in Hong Kong, Maoist politics in Nepal, the Tiananmen Square massacre, a political kickbacks scandal in Malaysia, Occupy Wall Street, the war in Afghanistan, US politics, drug cartel violence on the US-Mexico border, and the push for marijuana legalisation in California. On the lighter side, he has covered the World Beard and Moustache Championships, Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality, and the Roast of Charlie Sheen.
Hamish is a New Zealander and graduated from the University of Otago with a first-class honours degree in English literature. After a year editing the multiple award-winning student magazine Critic, he went on to graduate with a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He lived in Hong Kong for four years, helping to launch Time Out Hong Kong’s website and a monthly magazine that covered Asia’s emerging digital marketing industry before moving to the US. He now lives in Baltimore.