Wilson Center Projects
The Empire Reborn: China's Rise and the Transformation of Global Power
Edward Wong is a diplomatic correspondent at The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, D.C. He has worked for the Times for more than 20 years, reporting for 13 of those as an international correspondent and bureau chief from China and Iraq. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran the Times’ largest overseas operation. He has reported from dozens of countries, including Afghanistan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Uganda, and Ukraine.
Wong has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton University as a Ferris Professor of Journalism. He is an associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Wong serves on the advisory board of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught at the Aspen Institute.
He appears regularly on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” and has spoken on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR, BBC, CBC, and ARTE. Edward has appeared in documentary films on the Iraq War and China and has produced his own short film on China. He has given talks on foreign policy, war, journalism, Asia and the Middle East at conferences, universities and research centers.
Wong is the recipient of the Livingston Prize for his reporting from Iraq, and he is a member of a Baghdad bureau team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He received a prize for environmental reporting from The Society of Publishers in Asia for stories on China’s pollution crisis and shared a prize in feature writing from the same organization for a series on China’s global influence. He was on the Times team that received an award for best documentary project from Pictures of the Year International for a series on global climate change migrants. The project was also nominated for an Emmy Award. He has a prize from the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Wong graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with 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 has studied Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University, Taiwan University and Middlebury College. He was born in Washington, D.C.