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
World Apr 10What ‘total victory for Netanyahu’ means for Israel and beyond
Near final results in Israel’s elections show both the parties of Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent, Benny Gantz, winning 35 seats in the national legislature, called the Knesset. But minor parties aligned with Netanyahu’s Likud give that party a majority.
Nation Jan 15Shutdown takes a bite out of business in South Florida
The gates are open at the Everglades National Park, but with no one to collect entry fees, business is drying up. The partial government shutdown couldn't come at a worse time for the region, which depends on tourists and is…
Nation Dec 27Reducing infant mortality starts with listening to women in this city
The U.S. ranks near the bottom of the world's wealthiest nations in infant mortality, and the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, has one of the highest rates in the nation. But a coordinated effort is trying to change that by counseling…
Science Dec 12To save its future, will this Md. town have to destroy its historic business district?
Climate change has profoundly affected Ellicott City, Maryland. The mill town, located where multiple waterways converge, was devastated by a flood earlier this year, after already suffering a deadly deluge in 2016. John Yang and a team from the University…
Politics Dec 11Lawmakers grill Google CEO on concerns of bias, election interference and privacy
Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee in response to criticism over some of the company’s practices. Pichai faced grilling from the right on allegations of anti-conservative bias in search results, as well as questions from the…
Health Dec 07Why managing chronic health conditions begins at home
The recognition that health care extends beyond the walls of hospitals and doctor’s offices is growing. In Greensboro, North Carolina, advocacy groups, sociologists and medical practitioners are taking a creative approach to uncovering the root causes of disease, with a…
Making Sen$e Dec 04Automation threatens jobs. Can education create new ones?
As automation spreads through the American economy, experts say its impacts will be uneven. Key factors in determining that effect include geography and race, but likely even more important is education. With the rapid pace of technological evolution, will job…
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…