Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and covers politics and foreign affairs.
His recent subjects include the reconstruction of a train crash that exposed the underside of China’s boom; a group of Chinese tourists on their first trip to Europe; and a barber who set out to beat the house in Macau.
For four years, he wrote the Letter from China for newyorker.com. Parts of his book, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China,” based on eight years of living in Beijing, first appeared in the magazine. The book won the 2014 the National Book Award in nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. He has also written from East Asia; his article “The Fallout” won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.
Previously, he worked as Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Before his assignment to China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq. He has also contributed to “This American Life” and been a correspondent for “Frontline/World.” He is the recipient of the Osborn Elliott Prize and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
His work is anthologized in “The Best American Writing on Nature and Science 2010,” “The Best Spiritual Writing 2012,” and “Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land.”