NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 - Several generations of Financial Times correspondents - Geoff Dyer, Leslie Hook, James Kynge, Richard McGregor, and David Pilling - share their experiences of reporting on the evolution of China's economy with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations. (1 hr., 21 min.)
Geoff is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and six genre-defying titles: But Beautiful,The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, The Ongoing Moment and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker.
Leslie Hook is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for journalism at Harvard University. From 2010 to 2013, she worked as a Beijing correspondent for the Financial Times, covering energy and commodities. Prior to joining the FT in 2010, she was an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong for three years. Hook holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and also studied Mandarin Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
James Kynge, a journalist in Asia for two decades, is the former bureau chief of the Financial Times in Beijing. Fluent in Mandarin, he has visited every Chinese province and is the recipient of numerous journalism awards. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio.
Mr. McGregor has been Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times since the beginning of 2011, leading the newspaper's coverage of American politics and managing its D.C.-based team of reporters.
Previously, Mr. McGregor served as the Financial Times' deputy news editor in London, as well as its Shanghai correspondent. Prior to joining the Financial Times, he was the chief political correspondent and China correspondent for The Australian. He has also reported for the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
Mr. McGregor has won numerous awards throughout his nearly two decades of reporting from north Asia, including a 2010 Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Excellence Award (Excellence in Reporting Breaking News category) for his coverage on the Xinjiang Riots and 2008 SOPA Awards for Editorial Intelligence (Excellence in Opinion Writing and Excellence in Feature Writing categories). He is author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers (2010), described by The Economist as "a masterful depiction of the Chinese political system."
McGregor graduated from Sydney University and began his career as a journalist in Sydney.
David Pilling has been the Asia Editor of the Financial Times since 2008. Based in Hong Kong, he oversees coverage of the region, including China, India, and Japan. He writes an award-winning weekly column on Asian affairs and frequently interviews leading regional figures from the worlds of politics, business, and the arts. Pilling was FT Bureau Chief in Tokyo from 2002 to 2008. His book Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival is published in the U.S. by Penguin in March 2014.
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, is an author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Time, the New Republic, Harpers, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the China Quarterly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.