Douglas W. Plate graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1985.
Plate has worked as a freelance writer for such Guam publications as Directions, the former Guam Business News (now Guam Business), Pacific Daily News, and various University of Guam publications. Additionally, he was a freelance writer for Building Industry magazine in Hawai`i and worked in the newsroom at Pacific Daily News in various capacities for ten years between 1990 and 2002.
Plate tutors high school students in writing with an emphasis on SAT preparation at Ivy Educational Services. He has been a resident of the village of Merizo since 1990.