Native New Yorker Muhammad Cohen moved to Hong Kong for six months in 1995 to work on the startup of CNBC Asia. He stayed and became a permanent resident in 2004. In Hong Kong, Cohen has also been an editor at The Standard and Bloomberg News. His writing on Hong Kong and the region has appeared in Time, Columbia Journalism Review, International Herald Tribune and Asia Times.

A graduate of Yale and Stanford’s creative writing program, Cohen is currently a special correspondent for Macau Business magazine and writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet. Before Hong Kong, Cohen was a TV news producer at CNN in Washington and a US diplomat in Africa.