Kato Cooks, an Anaheim (CA) Small Business correspondent with Examiner.com and the Southern California section editor for the San Francisco-based Small Business Exchange newspaper's online and print editions, is vice president of the Bay Area Contract Compliance Officers Association and a life member of Mensa, the high-IQ society.
Beginning as a photo-journalist, Kato later became the Southern California news bureau chief for the Oakland, California-based Black Panther Party's Intercommunal News Service, and an editor of its several niche newsletters and magazines, from 1975 through 1980. Kato served as consumer news editor with the weekly, Los Angeles-based Thursday Review from 1976 to 1978. His journalism mentor and first instructor is Mrs. Anna Tenn Parker, his now-retired journalism and homeroom teacher from John Muir Jr. High School, Los Angeles, where he attended from 1961 to 1964.
A contract and labor compliance consultant to government agencies in his 9-to-5 life, Kato takes the edge off of his daily grind with a diet of theatre, ballroom dancing, roller skating and contemporary clubbing.
Kato sits on the board of directors of Hollywood's acclaimed Fountain Theatre. He has co-produced and executive produced plays at the Fountain Theatre and is executive producer of the animated documentary, Hibakusha, released in the summer of 2012. Kato edits online and print content for Los Angeles-based Limitless Abundance Productions, and produces for celebrity interviewer Renisha Marie's YouTube video channel.
Kato writes club reviews that have appeared on Yahoo.com and Yelp.com, book, music and movie reviews on Amazon.com and business articles on SBEINC.com.
Kato is president and CEO of The Kato Cooks Companies, A Family of Enterprises(tm), that includes consulting firms SysTech Forensics and Pi Sciences LLC, and micro-publishers Raymond Cooks Books and Peter Mack Media.
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