The New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the U.S., the Middle East, East Asia, and China. Osnos is known for his articulate and accessible commentary, such as Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War, about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and his foreshadow of the Trump presidency in President Trump's First Term.
Drawing from his in-depth investigating, Osnos brings to the stage up-to-the-minute assessments of the biggest stories of the day, from cyber threats and US-China tensions to modern conservatism, gun control, life inside North Korea, and the future of technology and globalization.
Based on his eight years living in Beijing, his National Book Award-winning Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China is a multi-layered 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 himself with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Chicago Tribune’s Middle East Correspondent. His piece “The Fallout,” about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.
Prior to joining The New Yorker, Osnos worked 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. He was the 2007 recipient of the Livingston Award, the nation’s leading prize for young journalists, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.
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, and Fareed Zakaria GPS.
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