Mary Kay Magistad

Mary Kay Magistad

Mary Kay Magistad


Mary Kay Magistad directs the audio journalism program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and hosts the “Whose Century Is It?” podcast, a Webby Award honoree about ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century.

An East Asia correspondent for more than two decades, Mary Kay reported for NPR, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe from Southeast Asia, before opening NPR’s first Beijing bureau in 1996, and reporting throughout China during the late ‘90s. After Nieman and Radcliffe fellowships at Harvard, she returned to China for another decade as the award-winning East Asia correspondent for PRI/BBC’s “The World,” focusing both on China’s transformation within its borders and the global impact of its rise.  Mary Kay has been a fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, and a judge for the Overseas Press Club awards.

Among her awards is an Overseas Press Club award for the seven-part series “Young China,” on the ripple effects in Chinese society of the One Child Generation coming of age; a Sigma Delta Chi/Society of Professional Journalists award for a series on China’s quest to become a global power in innovation, and a Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton and a Scripps-Howard National Journalism award, shared with two colleagues at “The World,” for a series on stem cell research.

Mary Kay received a BS in journalism, with a second major in history, from Northwestern University and an MA in international relations from Sussex University in England.


Audio Journalism