Alex Tizon was born in the Philippines, the second of nine children, and raised in the United States. His hometowns included Seattle, New York, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. He attended the University of Oregon and Stanford, and spent two decades as a journalist, first at the Seattle Times, and then the Los Angeles Times. He was co-recipient of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. He has been a Jefferson Fellow and a Knight International Press Fellow. His book, Big Little Man – In Search Of My Asian Self, won the Lukas Book Prize Work-In-Progress Award, and was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014. He teaches journalism at the University of Oregon.