Elaine Kurtenbach is the Asia business editor for The Associated Press. She has worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing and is now based in Bangkok at the AP’s regional headquarters. Reporting assignments have taken her to North Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia and other major regional capitals. Kurtenbach was born and raised in Colorado. She earned a BA in comparative politics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and a MS in agriculture and resource economics at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She hikes and gardens every chance she gets.