Edward Wong is a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, D.C. In more than 22 years at the Times, he has been based in New York, Baghdad, Beijing and Washington. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran the Times’ largest overseas operation.
He has spent 13 years abroad and filed dispatches from dozens of countries, including North Korea, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has written on the final trans-Atlantic flight of the Concorde, a walk through the Wakhan Corridor of the Afghan Pamirs and a cruise in North Korea.
Edward began reporting for the Times in 1999 and worked for four years on the metro, sports and business desks before going overseas. He covered the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007 and reported from China from 2008 to 2016.
He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and done fellowships at the Belfer Center of Harvard Kennedy School and at the Wilson Center in Washington. He has taught international reporting as a visiting professor at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He is on the advisory board of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Edward has been interviewed on CBS News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, NPR, BBC, CBC and ARTE. He has given talks at universities and conferences on journalism, war and foreign policy. He has appeared in documentary films by Laura Poitras and Vanessa Hope and produced his own short film on China.
Edward received a Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War and was on a team from the Times’ Baghdad Bureau that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He has two awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. 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. He has a prize from the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Edward graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree with honors in English literature. He has joint master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from U.C. 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., and grew up in Alexandria, Va.