Robert Haru Fisher is the pen name
of Robert Charles Fisher (legal name).
Currently Columnist & Contributing
Editor to the Frommers Online web site (www.frommers.com),
he has been a travel writer and editor most of his adult life,
editing nearly 800 books for the Fodor, Crown, Gault Millau
and Fisher series, and writing several of them. Among his
past credits, he has been President and Editor-in-Chief of
the Fodor Travel Guidebook series, General Editor of the Crown
Guide series, Editor of several Gault Millau titles and Editor-in-Chief
of the 24 titles in the Fisher Guide series.
(The Frommers Online website gets about
20 million page views per month, representing 3 million actual
visits and about one million unique visitors. In addition,
Fisher's articles are pushed to about 250,000 subscribers
to the thrice-weekly Frommers Online Newsletter.)
As a freelancer, he has written for
Life, Sports Illustrated, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel,
Ford Times, the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle,
among other publications. He has been awarded a Gold Medal
from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for Best Newspaper
Professionally, Fisher is a past president
of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), past president
of the New York Travel Writers Association (NYTWA) and a past
officer of the British Guild of Travel Writers (GTW), and
is now a trustee of the SATW Foundation, which gives awards
for excellence in travel writing annually.
While working for Fodor's, Fisher lived
8 years in London, where he was responsible for publishing
all titles relating to Asia, Africa and Europe. He lived 8
years in Tokyo, where he was responsible for the Fodor titles
on East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
He now divides his time between New York City and Seattle.
Before his career as a writer and editor,
Fisher was Far Eastern Representative of the United States
National Student Association (USNSA), based in Tokyo, and
a consultant to both the Central Policy Research Institute
(Chuo Seisaku Kenkyu Sho) and to later Japanese Prime Minister
Takeo Miki, also in Tokyo. He is the founder of the Key West
Travel Writing Workshop (at which he teaches annually), and
of the Kansas City Open Forum, both educational non-profit
Born and raised in Iowa and Missouri,
Fisher is a graduate (cum laude) of Harvard College, and took
postgraduate work at Columbia University Law School in New
York and as a special research student of the Faculty of Law
in Tokyo University, which he attended on a grant from the
Baltimore Scholarship Fund. Concurrently with his studies
in Japan, he represented the Ford Foundation and others in
organizing scholarships throughout Asia for the Foreign Student
Leadership Project of the USNSA, whose most prominent graduate
is Kofi Annan, recently Secretary General of the United Nations.
He also attended the University of Poona (now Pune) summer
school and led a multi-party youth delegation to major university
centers in India, Pakistan and Nepal thereafter.
Fisher is currently pro bono Vice President
of the International Association for Medical Assistance to
Travellers (IAMAT), a charity recognized by the Canadian and
US governments, and Chairman of the Hotel & Restaurant
Unsafe Food Labeling Action Committee (HARUFLAC), a non-profit
consumer action group.
In addition to his travel books and
articles, Fisher is the author of Picasso and Klee in the
Tudor Art Masters Series. He is listed in both Who's Who in
America and Who's Who in the World. He is a member of the
Harvard Club of New York City, the American Club of Tokyo
and the International House of Japan. He served in the US
Army (CIC) for two years in Japan and Korea.
Bob took Haru as his pen name after
the death of his partner of 33 years, Harukuni Nishizawa,
a brilliant haute couture fashion designer, whose work appeared
mostly in London and Tokyo.