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Speaker:
Edward Wong, Diplomatic Correspondent, The New York Times

Moderated by:
Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

About the Speaker:
Edward Wong is a diplomatic and international correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, D.C. He has spent most of his 20-year career with the Times abroad, reporting for 13 years from China and Iraq. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran the Times’ largest overseas operation. Edward began reporting for the Times in 1999 and worked for four years on the metro, sports and business desks before going overseas. His first posting was to Iraq to cover the American invasion and civil war, from 2003 to 2007. He then reported from China for nine years. He has traveled across Asia on assignments, including to North Korea, Afghanistan and Myanmar. Edward received the Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War and was on a team of Pulitzer Prize finalists. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2017 to 2018 and taught international reporting at Princeton University as a Ferris Professor of Journalism in 2017. He is an associate at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Edward graduated with honors from the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He has dual master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Alexandria, Va.

About the series:
Asia is in the news. Headlines are dominated by trade wars with China or the possibility of actual war with North Korea. Yet, even while reasoned and nuanced reportage on Asia is urgently needed, it has become increasingly difficult to do so. Growing illiberalism in different corners of Asia—from China to the Philippines—generate ever more obstacles to accurate accounting. Accusations of “fake news” are generously bandied about. And shrinking budgets cut ever more deeply in expensive, overseas positions. Despite this all, journalists and news correspondents remain committed to delivering responsible and trustworthy news from Asia.

The Reporting Asia lecture series features seasoned writers, editors and journalists who have experience in reporting on different parts of Asia. Together they speak to the new and challenging environment which reporters and observers of Asia face today.

Reporting Asia is part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s 70th anniversary programming. Please visit http://weai.columbia.edu/70-years/ to learn more.

November 15, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918 (420 West 118th Street)
Event Contact Information:
Athina Fontenot
212-854-6916
af3018@columbia.edu