About John @johnyangtv
John Yang is a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. He covered the first year of the Trump administration and is currently reporting on major national issues from Washington, DC, and across the country.
Previously, Yang was a Chicago-based correspondent for NBC News, reporting for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Today, and MSNBC. Yang was part of an NBC team that reported on “In Plain Sight: Poverty in America,” a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award recipient, and his reporting in April 2011 on tornado devastation in Alabama was included in an NBC Nightly News broadcast that received an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast.
Prior to joining NBC, Yang worked for ABC News, based in Washington, where he was weekend White House correspondent, and in Jerusalem, where he served as Middle East correspondent.
Yang has been part of teams that have been honored with an Emmy, two Peabody Awards and to Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards.
Yang’s career also includes time at The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and The Boston Globe. He is a cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University.
John’s Recent Stories
Nation Oct 21The growing political influence of American millennials
The U.S. has more than 72 million millennials, adults who were born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. This year, millennials surpassed baby boomers as the largest generation of adults. And while they have in the past been less…
Politics Oct 14Affordable Care Act, voting rights in spotlight on Day 3 of Barrett hearing
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spent Wednesday completing their questioning of Amy Coney Barrett at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing. While senators pressed again for answers on a range of issues, the nominee largely avoided committing herself. And given…
Politics Oct 13On Day 2 of her confirmation hearing, Barrett sidesteps politically charged questions
The Senate Judiciary Committee pressed Judge Amy Coney Barrett for answers on hot-button issues Tuesday, the second day of her confirmation hearing. Senators asked the Supreme Court nominee about her judicial philosophy, her opinions of court precedent on abortion and…
Politics Oct 12Democrats voice concern for Affordable Care Act as Senate panel opens Barrett hearings
Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett began Monday. With her nomination, President Trump and Republican lawmakers are seeking to put a conservative stamp on the Supreme Court for years to come. But Senate Democrats expressed concerns both about Barrett’s…
Arts Oct 08At this Virginia theater, the show — and the masks — must go on
Seven months into the pandemic, theater companies are still struggling to raise the curtain on live performances. But one regional company in rural Virginia hopes it has found a way for the show to go on -- in a way…
Politics Oct 07Some states are still deciding election rules. What should voters do?
Election Day is less than four weeks away, and millions of Americans have already cast ballots. But rules in many states are still undecided due to pending court cases -- mostly over the distribution, verification and return of mail-in ballots.
Nation Oct 06How the pandemic has complicated these immigrants’ path to citizenship
The coronavirus pandemic has changed life for almost everyone in the United States. But it has also significantly disrupted the efforts of those seeking to become American citizens -- some of whom are eager to vote in the November election.
Nation Sep 25Lawmakers pay respects to Ginsburg, 1st woman to lie in state in U.S. Capitol
The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke two barriers Friday, becoming the first woman and the first Jewish American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, the wife of a former Ginsburg law clerk,…
Nation Sep 21Supreme Court vacancy sparks political battle just weeks before election
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has created an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court -- mere weeks before a presidential election. Now a major political battle is brewing over whether that spot should be filled by President Trump now or…
Nation Sep 17After Hurricane Sally, Gulf Coast residents face flooding, power outages
The remnants of Hurricane Sally are moving east, still pouring rain onto parts of the Southeast. In the storm’s wake, heavy flooding along the Gulf Coast is keeping rescuers busy, while others begin the work of cleaning up. Hundreds of…