Robert Marquand started reporting as an intern for the Washington bureau of the Albuquerque Journal in 1979-80, writing on New Mexico issues including the farmer "sit-in" on the Mall.
In 1982 he became poetry editor of The Christian Science Monitor, working on the literary page and writing book reviews. In 1984 he began a four year stint as national education writer, covering the burgeoning "education reform" movement, teacher unions and pay issues, choice and magnet schools, and visiting elementary, secondary and higher education venues in more than 20 states. He won three national education writing awards.
In 1989 he took on New England coverage for the Monitor, later switching to editorial writing until 1995. During this time he wrote on post-Cold War issues that included reporting on the wars in the Balkans. He also spent two months assisting the Sarajevo daily Oslobodjenje as the city was under siege.
In 1995 Robert was assigned to a justice and religion beat that included coverage of the Supreme Court in Washington. He did a series on Protestants, evangelical mega-churches, and a four part take on Muslims in America, among others.
In 1997-98 he opened the Monitor bureau in New Delhi. South Asian subjects included Kashmir, Pakistan's "Talibanization," the Kargil war, the rise of business in south India, the Tamil strife in Sri Lanka, Hindu nationalism and the BJP, and Indian elections.
At the end of 2000 he moved to Beijing as bureau chief to work on East Asia. While there he covered the nuclear standoff initiated by Kim Jong Il, North Korean refugees, the military and naval ambitions of China, the democracy movement in Hong Kong, and the manifold and oft-cited "rise of China," including the factory world of migrants along China's east coast, in Fujian and Guangdong. He also did a series on the changing Chinese urban family.
Robert moved to France as the Monitor's European correspondent in 2007.