He switched to teaching journalism in 1986 after working eight years as journalist for several local newspapers and magazines, including the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Hongkong Standard. He joined the Department of Communication at the Hong Kong Baptist College, which was later upgraded to university. He continues his journalism practice in the capacity of freelance editor, editorial writer, columnist and TV program host. His weekly commentaries in Ming Pao won the Human Rights Press Commentary Award, an annual competition jointly organized by Amnesty International, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and the Hong Kong Journalists’ Association, four times in a row from 1999 to 2002. He currently contributes news analyses and commentaries to Radio Free Asia, Stand News and newspapers.
A philosopher by training, To holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong. He is also interested in urban studies and legal scholarship. He holds a Master of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) from the University of Hong Kong, and a Juris Doctor, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong respectively.
He is now working on research projects about human rights.
- Introduction to Journalism
- News Writing and Reporting
- Chinese Feature Writing
- Political Economy for Journalists
- Theory and Practice of Journalism in China
- From Political Institution to Economic Enterprise: China’s Political and Economic Changes and Media Commercialisation. In Y.C. Wong (Eds.), China: 50 Years in Review, A Hong Kong Perspective. Oxford University Press, 61-78.
- Colonial Rule and Press Freedom: Hong Kong’s experience. In X. Yu, S. Guo, Y. Huang (Eds.), Journalism and Social Change, Chung Hwa, 1999, 281-296.
- With Joseph M. Chan, Democratisation, Reunification and Press Freedom in Hong Kong: A Critical Event Analysis of the Xi Yang Case. In Clement Y.K. So and J. M. Chan (Eds.), Press and Politics in Hong Kong: Case Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 465-495.
- With Joyce Y.M. Nip, Television Coverage: Objectivity and Public Service. In H.C. Kuan, S.K. Lau., K.S. Louie & T.K.Y. Wong (Eds.), Power Transfer and Electoral Politics: the First Legislative Election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Chinese University Press, 215-252
- Winner. Human Rights Press Award for Human Rights Commentary. An annual competition organized by Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Amnesty International (Hong Kong section), and HKJA
- Speaker. “Press Freedom in Hong Kong”. Hong Kong Spirit, RHTK
- Lecturer. “Mass Communication in China”. Civil Servants’ Training Course, organised by HKBU’s China Studies Programme
- Reviewer. China Information
- Columnist. a weekly column, Ming Pao Daily
- Member. Mass Communication Training Board, Vocational Training Council
- Examiner. Panel of Civil Service Examinations, Hong Kong Government
- Member. An Independent Panel to Monitor the Media during the Legislative Council Elections
- Speaker. “School and Mass Media”. Part of the Primary School Administration Course, organised by Education Department
- Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union
- Hong Kong Journalists Association
- Chinese Communication Association (CCA)