L. Kim Tan joined the Globe in 2000 as a Night Desk photo and copy editor and since then has played various roles including assistant metro editor, Globe Northwest editor, Globe South editor, and currently National/Foreign wires editor and multiplatform news editor. Kim previously worked at the Boston Herald covering various beats, most effectively crime and law enforcement; among the major stories he reported in the late 1980s and early '90s were Boston's experience and handling of often-warring street gangs, and the infamous Charles Stuart case. His first newspaper job in Boston, after graduating from the University of Illinois with a master's in journalism, was reporting and editing the English edition of The Sampan, a bilingual publication serving Asian Americans in Chinatown and beyond. Before joining the Globe, Kim was a journalism professor in 1993-1999 at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he helped found its first student-run campus newspaper, The Nanyang Chronicle, and was a "Teacher of the Year." He writes the occasional article about his travels and is still learning to write songs on his vintage guitars.