Mike Chinoy

Author and China Expert


Mike Chinoy

Former CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy is a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and the creator of the Assignment China documentary film series on the history of American correspondents in China. He is also an independent consultant on media strategy and training for business executives, NGOs, and others.

Before joining USC, Chinoy spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints as a roving reporter based in London, eight years as the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, and, from 2001-2006, Senior Asia Correspondent, responsible for coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. He began his career working for CBS News and NBC News in Hong Kong in the 1970s.

Chinoy has reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power” revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square crisis, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the fall of Indonesian President Suharto, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, elections and political crises in Taiwan, and developments in North Korea, where he has visited 17 times.

He is the author of two books on North Korea and one on China. Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, was published in August, 2008, and was hailed by the Washington Post as “a tour de force of reporting.” A second North Korea book, The Last POW, was published in late 2014, and was an Amazon Kindle Singles best-seller. An account of his years covering China, China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution, was published in 1999.

Chinoy has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Emmy, Peabody and Dupont awards for his coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crisis, and a Dupont Award for his coverage of the tsunami. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University.

Chinoy is an accomplished public speaker. He has spoken to many different organizations, including CLSA, the Asia Society, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Korea Society, the World Affairs Council, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S. Institute for Peace, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, the YPO/WPO (Young Presidents Organization/World Presidents Organization), , Fidelity Bank in Hong Kong and Australia, Macquarie Bank in Hong Kong, and numerous schools and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, the London School of Economics, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and others.

Speaking topics include The Rise of China, China’s Role in The Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia, Making Sense of North Korea, and The Changing Global Media Landscape.

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