Sumiko Tan is the news editor of the Home Section for The Straits Times, a Singapore-based broadsheet newspaper. She was formerly the editor of The Sunday Times and magazines team.
Tan's father is Chinese Teochew and her mother is Japanese. She completed her GCE 'A'-Level education at Anglo-Chinese Junior College in 1981, after which she completed her undergraduate education at the National University of Singapore.
Tan married her junior college school mate, Quek Suan Shiau, an electrician and chess teacher based in Wales, United Kingdom, in 2010.