I’m Newley Purnell, a Wall Street Journal reporter covering tech in Asia. I’m based in Singapore.

This page contains links to some of my recent stories. And my Journalism page here on has links to some of my work from before I joined the Journal.

I am married to the amazing Anasuya Sanyal.


Personal email: n [AT]

For news tips: newley.purnell [AT]

Work phone (GMT +8): +65-6415-4133

Personal mobile phone: +65-8133-2978

Here are details on how to reach me using PGP and secure messaging apps.

Social media

Follow me on Twitter at @newley. There’s also a Twitter feed for all blog posts: @newleydotcom.

In addition, you can subscribe to my public Facebook updates. posts are also published on Tumblr.

Here’s the RSS feed.

My background

I earned a BA in English from Emory University, where I played on the varsity soccer team, and a master’s in business and economics journalism at Columbia University in New York. At Columbia, I was fortunate to be a Gray International Reporting Fellow.

Here’s a Feb. 2015 interview I did with the Journalism School’s Covering Business website. And Bernard Leong interviewed me in Nov. 2015 for an episode of his Analyse Asia podcast.

About this site

I registered in 1999, began posting material on the site in 2001, and have been blogging consistently since January 2002. The sidebar on the right contains links to archived posts.

Over the years, has been mentioned in blogs like BoingBoing, as well as by Lonely Planet, in print and online. Here are some of my most popular posts.


In blog posts I published through the end of 2013, I occasionally linked to books or other items on using a personal affiliate link. This meant if you clicked through and bought the item, I received a small referral fee. I no longer use such links.

Posting schedule

I post whenever time allows, and often share links via my Twitter feed.


This blog contains my personal thoughts. My postings do not represent the views of my employers or any other groups. Also, a formatting note: Unless otherwise stated, bold font added to quoted material in my posts indicates my emphasis, not the author’s.

Site Tools

  • runs on the WordPress content management system.
  • My Web host is DreamHost.
  • I use the Mac-only MarsEdit desktop blog editor.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.


I welcome feedback via comments on individual posts and via email. I delete comments that I think don’t add anything constructive to the site.

Thanks for visiting.

This page was last updated July 10, 2016.