Chau Tu is an associate editor at Slate Plus. She was formerly the story producer/reporter at Science Friday, where she pitched, wrote, and edited articles for the website.
Before joining SciFri, Chau basked in the sun back in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she contemplated the true meaning of the numbers at Marketplace, learned to name off the latest speakeasys and tasting menus for Modern Luxury magazines, and stained her fingers black at the Los Angeles Times. Here and there, she parlayed her interests in culture, fashion, and music into writing for various independent publications. She’s also written about science for The Atlantic and Motherboard.
Chau loved L.A. before it was cool. She is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern California, roots for the Dodgers and Lakers, and is well-versed in the life-affirming qualities of a good taco. She used to be tan.
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