Samantha Brown – Southeast Asian-based journalist and editor

Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is an Australian editor, journalist and media consultant based in Southeast Asia. Almost 300,000 of her own words appear in her published writing portfolio on this site, and she has edited at least that many words again.

Samantha has been based in the region since 1997, when she relocated to Thailand from Sydney. She did time at the Australian Embassy and The Nation newspaper and then worked as a foreign correspondent and news editor for Agence France-Presse based in Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Jakarta. She has also reported from East Timor, Laos, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Titles that have published her work include Travel & Leisure Southeast Asia, Herald Sun, IRIN, Travel Vacations, Hello Bali and Jakarta Java Kini and inflight magazines for carriers including SAS, Jetstar, Garuda, and Strategic Air. Her interview subjects have ranged from Xanana Gusmao to Claire Forlani; she was once stood up for an interview by Tara Palmer Tomkinson, and Khieu Samphan has closed his front door in her face. Current clients include Frankfurt-based Star Alliance and Manila-based Asian Development Bank.

Samantha is now an independent freelancer and spends most of her time in Bali, Indonesia with her husband, two children and several resilient fish. She is also managing editor of Travelfish.org, which she co-founded. Please contact her at sambrown@fourelephants.com for more information about her current client list, rates and availability.