Long-time Chron business editor Ken Howe has reportedly accepted a buyout offer from management and will be leaving the paper and moving to Hong Kong. That’s according to the Ghost Word blog of Berkeley author Frances Dinkelspiel, who says Howe spent time in Asia on a fellowship last year and became fascinated by the region’s rapid changes. Looks like he will be covering that story for somebody else.

Howe is the third big name to leave the Chronicle’s business section this summer. Tech and media columnist Dan Fost is leaving this month. And consumer columnist David Lazarus has left for the LA Times. (Photo credit: BusinessJournalism.org)

• Departing Chron news staffers listed

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