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 12How conflict between Iran and Israel could affect U.S. diplomacy with Iran
A major explosion Sunday disabled parts of Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, south of Tehran. Iran quickly blamed Israel for the incident, which comes as indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over the crippled nuclear deal are set…
Nation Apr 08Pastor reveals the reasons behind COVID vaccine hesitancy in the evangelical community
As of Thursday, more than 64 million Americans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and many others are eagerly waiting for their shots. But among white evangelical Americans, interest in the vaccine isn't as widespread. John Yang speaks with one…
Politics Mar 31Are college athletes employees? Supreme Court mulls compensation for student players
College basketball’s “March Madness,” which reaches its crescendo this weekend, reminds us that big-time college athletics can look like big business. As John Yang reports, it was a fitting backdrop Wednesday for a well-timed Supreme Court argument over compensation for…
Politics Mar 30Record number of bills look to restrict trans rights in the U.S.
A record number of bills to limit transgender rights have been introduced this year in state legislators across the country, with lawmakers in 28 states considering 93 bills targeting the rights of transgender Americans according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Nation Mar 29American renters hard-hit by pandemic juggle complicated assistance systems, eviction laws
With 9.5 million Americans, or 17 percent of tenants, in the U.S. still behind on their rent according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Biden administration on Monday extended a federal moratorium on evictions through the end of June. There…
Nation Mar 25Shot chasers: How volunteers are helping bridge America’s vaccine gap
As the U.S. continues to grapple with the pandemic, vaccine supply remains limited in some areas. Distribution systems are fragmented and tough to navigate, especially for the estimated 25 million Americans who don’t have internet access for online registration. Luckily,…
Nation Mar 24As Evanston, Illinois approves reparations for Black residents, will the country follow?
The nation's first government-backed reparations initiative was green lit this week in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb where about 16 percent of its 75,000 residents are Black. The city council has promised $10 million over 10 years. John Yang discusses…
Nation Mar 22Female basketball players get unreliable COVID testing, less online promotion from NCAA
The NCAA women's basketball tournament got underway Sunday. But even before the opening tip, new anger and frustration erupted last week over the NCAA's different approaches to the women's and mens' teams — including less reliable COVID testing. The problems…
Nation Mar 09Water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi highlights ‘dire state’ of city’s infrastructure
Much of Mississippi's largest city is beginning its fourth week without safe drinking water coming out of faucets. Jackson residents, about 80 percent of whom are Black, remain under a system-wide order to boil water, and some don't have any…
Politics Mar 02Supreme Court hears challenges to two Arizona election laws
State legislatures across the country are trying to rewrite election laws after the contentious 2020 election. And as John Yang reports, a U.S. Supreme Court case argued Tuesday will determine how courts will assess those new laws.