Journalist and China specialist
New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award winner Evan Osnos is an investigative journalist specializing in politics and foreign affairs. Since joining The New Yorker in 2008, Osnos has reported on the most topical of current events, spanning the United States, the Middle East, East Asia and China.
Currently headquartered in Washington, D.C., Osnos has covered pressing American concerns, from gun control and modern conservatism to the Flint water crisis and the 2016 presidential election. On the campaign trail, Osnos closely followed the president-elect, forecasting the implications of a Trump presidency in his extensive New Yorker piece, “President Trump’s First Term.” Osnos consulted economists, scholars, and presidential historians to outline the very first hours to the first 100 days under a President Trump. “President Trump’s First Term” is one of the 16 most-read New Yorker articles of 2016.
In 2014, Osnos won the National Book Award for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. Based on his eight years living in Beijing, the book is a multilayered look at the rise of the individual in China and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism.
A Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Age of Ambition was called “a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China” by The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post wrote that “Osnos has portrayed and explained … this new China better than any other writer from the West or the East.”
In 2003, Osnos embedded with the U.S. Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Chicago Tribune’s Middle East Correspondent. He went on to work as the Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on the global trade in unsafe imports that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In 2007, he received the Livingston Award, the nation’s leading prize for young journalists, as well as the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia and an Overseas Press Club Award.
His New Yorker piece “The Fallout,” about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.
Osnos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. A fellow at the Brookings Institution, he is a contributor on This American Life and Frontline, and has made numerous appearances on Charlie Rose, Morning Joe, The Colbert Report and Fareed Zakaria GPS.