Itamar Waksman grew up in the United States. He graduated from UC Davis with degrees in economics and political science.
Having learned about traditional Chinese language and culture since his childhood, he came to Taiwan in 2019 to study Mandarin as a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship recipient. He then began working as a freelance journalist, covering topics like identity politics and indigenous issues in Taiwan.
When he isn't producing content for RTI, he enjoys playing basketball, reading books, and cooking.