Richard C. Paddock

Richard C. Paddock reports on Southeast Asia for The New York Times. Based in Bangkok, he has worked as a foreign correspondent for more than 14 years and reported from about 50 countries on five continents.

His current assignment is his third posting in Southeast Asia. Previous assignments include Jakarta bureau chief and Moscow bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times and senior correspondent in Southeast Asia for The Wall Street Journal. He also had two tours as San Francisco correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and worked as an editor and reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting in the San Francisco Bay Area.

His recent work includes reporting on the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar, the government-sponsored killing of drug users in the Philippines, President Trump’s overseas business interests and the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a cave in Thailand.

In 2015, Mr. Paddock shared in an Emmy Award for investigative reporting given to PBS NewsHour for a story on hazardous underwater gold mining in the Philippines. Earlier, he shared in an Overseas Press Club award for coverage of foreign Filipino workers and in a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news won by The Los Angeles Times for coverage of the Los Angeles riots.

Born in Carmel, Calif., Mr. Paddock graduated summa cum laude in 1981 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in political science.

My Sessions

Saving Stripes: The Plight of the Malayan Tigers

Black Box

Latest numbers show that there are only 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, despite continuous efforts in saving the species. How did we allow the situation to come to this, and what really happened? In this special presentation by Tiger Landscape Lead at WWF-Malaysia Dr. Mark Rayan Darmaraj, we explore the possibility of hitting […]


The Outsiders: How Global Journalism Shaped Our National Discourse

Black Box
Journalism Campus Panels

Content transcends boundaries. Anyone with access to the Internet, is globally connected. Malaysian news coverage by foreign media outlets arguably played a pivotal role in the recent GE14, with their exposés on 1MDB – the biggest scandal the country has seen. Meanwhile, the local media won’t touch any ‘sensitive topics’ with a 10-foot pole – […]


Digging Deep: Investigative Journalism 101

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Journalism Campus Workshops

Whether you are researching on the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar or exposing cross-border sex trafficking of minors, this workshop is a great introduction to investigative reporting. Learn how to set up an investigation, how to tell stories that matter in an impactful way, and even what job hazards to expect. Led by seasoned […]