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
Politics Jan 20Biden sworn in as the 46th president, beginning a new chapter in the post-Trump era
This day has seen the inauguration of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. as the 46th president of the United States. He was sworn in Wednesday to lead the nation into the post-Trump era, facing deep political divisions and the worst public…
Nation Jan 14Former Michigan governor charged for mishandling Flint water crisis
Prosecutors in Michigan announced 41 criminal charges against nine former state and city officials Thursday in the Flint water crisis, including Michigan's former governor. Sandra Jones, executive director of R. L. Jones Community Outreach Center at the Greater Holy Temple…
Nation Jan 12Glacial pace of the U.S. inoculation campaign raises questions about priorities
Operation Warp Speed may have produced effective COVID vaccines in record time, but administering them has been another matter. Just 9 million of the more than 25 million doses distributed have been given out, according to the CDC. But the…
Health Dec 29Unseen crisis emerges as patients delay medical care during the pandemic
For much of the year, millions of Americans have been hunkering down and avoiding crowds to try to stay safe from COVID-19. But with that, many have also been delaying important medical care, sometimes with devastating consequences. John Yang reports.
Nation Dec 21What’s behind the sharp rise in murders across the U.S.?
Murders across the U.S. have skyrocketed in 2020, while nonviolent offenses have largely dropped, according to publicly available crime data. But efforts to curb homicides come at a time when police departments are facing both staffing shortages because of the…
Health Nov 20Why I decided to be a coronavirus vaccine test subject
The 50-50 chance of getting either the real thing or a placebo was one of the reasons I applied -- I wanted the real deal.
Nation Nov 10Why the Affordable Care Act is back before the Supreme Court, amid a pandemic
Health care policy was a major topic during the presidential campaign, and President Trump’s administration has long sought to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare, as it is popularly known, is now deeply woven into American health. With health…
Politics Oct 28Partisan divisions on display as social media CEOs testify before Senate panel
This election year is seeing increased attention and scrutiny regarding social media platforms -- and how they can be manipulated to spread misinformation. But the greater level of awareness hasn’t stopped the practices, either. And the battles over content moderation…
Nation Oct 27Another deadly police shooting of a Black man sparks Philadelphia protests
The fatal shooting of a Black man by police in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon sparked large protests overnight. Walter Wallace Jr., whose family said he suffered from mental health issues, brandished a knife at officers Monday, refusing to obey their…
Politics Oct 26What addition of Barrett could mean for upcoming Supreme Court cases
Amy Coney Barrett is poised to become the third Supreme Court justice chosen by President Trump, ensuring a judicial legacy that will be felt for years to come. And after her confirmation, Barrett will quickly have a chance to make…