Tsutomu "Tom" Kanayama received his master's degree in General Communication from Western Michigan University in 1993, setting aside seven years as a former evening news anchor at Television Yamaguchi System (TYS) in Japan. Upon earning his master's from Western, Tom briefly worked in broadcast programming and covered national politics for TYS in Tokyo. In 1994, he returned to the United States to pursue a doctorate in mass communication at Ohio University. During his studies, Tom was selected as a 1997 inductee into the Ohio University chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an international honorary society. Immediately after earning his Ph.D., Tom joined the Department of Journalism at Sophia University in Tokyo, where he currently is an associate professor. During 2001-2002, Tom served as a research supervisor and consultant with Sony Corporation's Life Style Institute of Strategy, reporting directly to Chairman Nobuyuki Idei. As an international telecommunications and journalism scholar, Tom was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" from Japan to comment on communication technology and current affairs. Since 2002, Tom's analytical column on "Media Information in the United States" has appeared monthly in the Japan Press Research Institute Bulletin. In 2004, Tom selected as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. He is currently is based in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Tom's current research focuses on the impact policy making has on the digitization of terrestrial television in the United States. Tom lives outside Tokyo with his wife Tomoko. As an academic couple, they enjoy hosting international students at their home. They have found these events to be a good way to assist students and to help them manage the stresses of university life.