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
Health May 22What we know about COVID-19 antibodies — and what we don’t
Scientists say antibody testing could be a key tool in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Still, many questions remain about the accuracy of antibody testing. The Food and Drug Administration has tried to crack down on inaccurate tests, but…
Nation May 19Why coronavirus misinformation is so hard to fight
If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've probably heard some wild claims about the coronavirus. We talk to two fact checkers who walk us through what they're seeing during this pandemic -- including one specific claim about…
Health May 18As states reopen, Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine
More states are lifting restrictions put in place to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, President Trump announced Monday he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug unproven as a treatment for COVID-19. The disease's national death toll is…
Politics May 13SCOTUS weighs fate of ‘faithless electors’ ahead of 2020 election
Can states punish presidential electors for bucking a pledge to vote for their state's winner? That was the question at the heart of Wednesday’s Supreme Court arguments, held once again by phone. Some states sought to invalidate the votes of…
Nation May 12In case over access to Trump’s finances, Supreme Court asks tough questions
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in President Trump’s legal battle to keep his finances secret. Authorities in New York as well as several House committees are seeking Trump’s financial records, arguing they could reveal potential crimes or improper influence.
Health May 12Coronavirus pandemic threatens Flint, Michigan, with 2nd major health crisis
One of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus is handwashing. But in some places, such as Flint, Michigan, that simple task can be difficult to accomplish. Some residents of the largely poor city lack clean running water…
Nation May 06Supreme Court hears arguments in 2 prominent cases as it adapts to remote proceedings
A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court considered two cases Wednesday: one on the future of exceptions to a birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and another challenging a federal law banning robocalls. John Yang reports on the details…
Health May 05Traveling to Arizona, Trump wrestles with fallout of new death projections
As the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 70,000, President Trump departed the White House for his first cross-country trip since the pandemic’s eruption, visiting an Arizona Honeywell plant that makes N95 masks. Despite a projection that daily deaths in the…
World Apr 28The dangerous global flood of misinformation surrounding COVID-19
Misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 have spread rapidly online, creating what some experts are now calling an “infodemic.” Health officials across the globe are scrambling to refute a flood of bogus claims, some of which could have harmful consequences.
World Apr 24U.S. death toll passes 50,000 as some states begin lifting restrictions
The United States now has more than 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 -- roughly a quarter of all pandemic deaths worldwide. Yet parts of the country have begun to lift restrictions and reopen businesses, including Georgia, whose governor faced criticism from…