David Adelman, the incoming American ambassador to Singapore, studied journalism at the University of Georgia, where he managed the student-run radio station, before getting a law degree from Emory University.
So, obviously, the 45-year-old former George state senator — who threw his support behind Obama even before Obama announced his candidacy, and who is younger than most of Singapore's ministers — knows a thing or two about journalism.
But that doesn't mean he won't be a good diplomat. Consider Strobe Talbott, the former Time correspondent who served as Ambassador-at-Large under fellow Rhodes scholar President Bill Clinton and is now president of the Brookings Institution.
Adelman, a father of three who with his wife Caroline is learning Mandarin before coming to Singapore for the first time, wants to forge even closer relations between the two countries.
Yes, he caused a flap when Senator Jim Webb asked him whether he intended to engage Singapore on the issues of democracy and press freedom.