Randy Thanthong-Knight, also known as Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, is a multimedia journalist with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. He specializes in investigative and explanatory journalism, and has proven skills in reporting and writing for international news organizations. He is fully bilingual, speaking and writing English and Thai at a native level.
Randy recently earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He attended the program as a Fulbright scholar and a Stabile fellow in investigative journalism. He studied business and economic reporting, narrative writing, data journalism and investigative reporting. He received the Melvin Mencher Award for superior reporting for his investigative master’s project on state prisons across the U.S. failing to offer the cure to inmates with hepatitis C.
Randy is currently a reporter at Bloomberg News, covering energy, commodities and politics. Over the past five years, he has been working full-time at several international news outlets in Bangkok. Before attending Columbia, he was a television reporter for NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation covering news events in Thailand and producing television news features. Prior to joining NHK, he had worked for the English-language service of dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur (German Press Agency) as a junior correspondent and for Reuters as an editorial assistant.
While working in Thailand, Randy has covered several major news events such as human trafficking and forced labour investigations, Rohingya refugee crisis, surrogacy scandals, Koh Tao murders, the passing of King Bhumibol and the succession of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the 2015 Bangkok bombing, and the 2014 military coup.
He has published hundreds of news stories and features in various newspapers and websites across North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. His articles have appeared in major publications such as The Washington Post, Kaiser Health News, The Daily Beast, Bangkok Post, The Nation, Borneo Bulletin, Oman Daily Observer and Gulf Times.
For the undergraduate studies, Randy attended Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Sciences Po in Paris studying journalism, integrated marketing communications and international relations. During his time at both universities, he was heavily involved with the school publications – CHASE and The Paris Globalist – as an editor-in-chief and a writer. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Management with first class honours.
Please visit the portfolio page to see some of the stories he has reported, and the Vimeo gallery for some of his broadcast work. Visit the CV page for more information on professional experience, education and skills.
You can connect with Randy on LinkedIn and follow him on Facebook at siraphobknight and Twitter @siraphobknight or click on the icon on the social media tab. Follow his Instagram @siraphobknight to see photos from his travels or check out the travel map page to see countries he has visited.