Wang was born in Beijing in 1950. He served in Guangming Daily agency for many years, and became the editor in chief of that newspaper in 1995. In June 2000 he was appointed as Deputy Director of Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China. In August 2001, he became the Editor in Chief of People's Daily. In October of same year, he became vice chairman of China National Journalist Association. He was promoted to president of People's Daily Agency. In March 2003, he became the chairman of Chinese Newspapers Association. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Director of the Information Office of the State Council. He was appointed Director of the newly created State Internet Information Office under the Information Office in May 2011.