Randy Dotinga is an independent writer and former president of the American Society of Journalists & Authors (asja.org). He began his career at weekly and daily newspapers and became a full-time freelance writer in 1999. He writes about health and medicine, San Diego–area politics and history, and the odd and unusual. He’s also a longtime book reviewer for the Christian Science Monitor. His clients cover a wide range of platforms, including the Los Angeles Times, US News & World Report, WebMD, Kaiser Health News, and many more.