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John Yang is the anchor of PBS News Weekend and 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.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, each year more than 11 million Americans look after family or friends with various forms of dementia, unpaid and usually untrained. The lack of proper training can negatively affect the health of these caregivers. Teepa…
Some of Washington, D.C.’s most familiar landmarks were built with the labor of enslaved people, their accomplishments largely lost to history. In part three of our series, “Hidden Histories,” we learn about one of those enslaved laborers, a sculptor named…
Earlier this week, a St. Louis judge overturned the murder conviction of Lamar Johnson, who spent nearly 28 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. John Yang first profiled Johnson's case in 2021 and spoke with him again…
After nearly three decades in prison, a Missouri man's murder conviction has been overturned. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that Lamar Johnson was innocent of the 1994 murder of Marcus Boyd. John Yang…
The devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria have left more than 5 million people without homes, compounding the region's humanitarian disaster. Ayham Taha, of the international humanitarian organization CARE, joins John Yang from southeastern Turkey to discuss what survivors need…
Sunday’s Super Bowl will mark the first time in NFL history that both teams’ starting quarterbacks are Black — Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles. Former NFL star Doug Williams, who was…
During the transatlantic slave trade, Charleston, South Carolina was one of the largest slave ports in the United States. But at the height of the Civil War, Charleston’s waterfront was the backdrop of one enslaved man’s daring escape. In part…
Last September, longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was stabbed to death outside his home. The killing shocked the newspaper and the community and left some of his reporting unfinished. John Yang reports on how The Washington Post worked…
A Chinese surveillance balloon, the federal debt ceiling and Tuesday’s State of the Union address are the topics for today’s Weekend Briefing with congressional correspondent Lisa Desjardins and NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith.
Residents of Jackson, Mississippi; Flint, Michigan; and parts of New York City, Baltimore and the state of Hawaii have all dealt with contaminated water supply over the years. Why are so many cities having problems with their drinking water? Shannon…
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