Evelyn Iritani


I have traveled the world for more than two decades as a writer and a communications strategist.   A Northwest native, I began my career at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and moved to the Los Angeles Times, where I covered international economics and U.S.-Asia relations. My reporting garnered numerous awards, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the George Polk Award for Economics Reporting for a series I co-authored on Wal-Mart.  My  wanderings have also allowed me to indulge in some of my favorite past times; foraging for street food and exploring exotic markets. A longtime interest in Japan, my ancestral homeland, was the inspiration for my book “An Ocean Between Us: The Changing Relationship of Japan and the United States Told in Four Stories from the Life of an American Town.”  In my spare time, I enjoy making wickedly rich desserts and herding cows in Montana.