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David Pierson joins Beijing bureau

May 29, 2009 |  5:41 pm

Here's the announcement to the staff from Deputy Business Editor Marla Dickerson:

Please congratulate David Pierson on his arrival in China as the newest member of the Beijing bureau.
A member of The Times Business section, he’ll be covering business and economic issues in one of the world’s most dynamic economies. China is America’s factory floor and Uncle Sam’s banker, and Beijing is seeking a much more assertive role in shaping the future of the world financial order. David will be our point man covering China’s economic rise, and the implication for the United States.

David started at The Times in 2000 as a METPRO, and has covered cops, education and the San Gabriel Valley. He joined the Business staff last fall as a regional economics reporter. David is a graceful writer whose front-page efforts include a Column One profile of an Alhambra Big Boy diner-turned-Asian-noodle joint and what happens to public officials who mess with the Girl Scout-cookie mafia.

David was born in Hong Kong and raised in New Jersey. He studied journalism at St. John’s University in New York. He previously worked at Newsday.

He and his wife Tessa already miss Los Angeles tacos. But David claims that a Chinese sandwich known as rou jia mo – chopped, stewed pork with minced green chilies – is helping to fill the carne asada vacuum.