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 30‘I saw a synagogue turned into a killing zone’: Hospital president mourns Pittsburgh shooting
"Yes we are safe, but no we are not OK," hospital president Jeffrey Cohen wrote in a letter to his staff, who treated victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, as well as the shooter.
Nation Oct 29Pittsburgh honors synagogue victims through memorials and song
The man accused of killing 11 people over the weekend at a Pittsburgh synagogue had his first appearance in court. And as funerals for the victims are set to begin, President Trump blames the media for U.S. anger. John Yang…
Politics Oct 19Why health care has become a top issue for voters in deep red states
Polls show health care is one of the top issues for Americans this year. In heavily Republican Idaho, where state lawmakers haven’t expanded Medicaid coverage, voters petitioned to put the measure on the ballot. In partnership with Politico, John Yang…
Nation Oct 08Will the traditions of tiny Tangier Island survive or sink?
Life on Tangier Island has always been defined by water. Now it is menacing its very existence. Battered by Chesapeake Bay's relentless waves, scientists say the land’s shrinking is accelerating, as man-made climate change makes the waves from rising seawater…
Politics Aug 27Despite losses, McCain’s spirit was ‘never broken,’ says former defense secretary
Judy Woodruff looks back on the prolific and storied career of Sen. John McCain, from his military heroism to two disappointing presidential campaigns to a reputation as a party maverick. Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen was a close friend…
Making Sen$e Aug 02How Trump’s tariffs changed the fates of these two factories
How are President Trump's tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum affecting manufacturers and workers? At two different Missouri factories, there are two very different stories. Mid Continent Steel and Wire, which makes nails, has already eliminated 100 jobs. But about…
Nation Jul 1950 years after first games, Special Olympics aims for ‘inclusion revolution’
Amid the tumult of the summer of 1968 came an event the likes of which the world had never seen: an Olympics for children with intellectual disabilities. At that first Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, about 1,000 competitors…
Nation Jun 28How these Alabama architecture students are improving lives with low-cost home designs
For decades, students and faculty from Auburn University's Rural Studio have been working, studying and living in Hale County, Alabama, and using architecture to serve the greater good. There, more than two dozen different homes that cost only $20,000 have…
Nation Jun 25How families of gun owners with dementia grapple with safety
By 2050 as many as 12 million people with dementia may live in homes with guns -- a fact that is prompting doctors, researchers and family members to ask how potential tragedies can be prevented. John Yang reports.
Education Jun 19How do you make the benefits of pre-K education last?
A study suggesting the benefits of pre-K may not be long-lasting has sparked debate in Tennessee, where proposals for state-funded, universal programs are an issue in this year's governor's race. What’s behind the finding, and what are the keys to…