Evan Osnos

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Evan Osnos
Evan Osnos - Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011.jpg
Osnos at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2011
Evan Lionel Richard Osnos

24 December 1976 (1976-12-24) (age 45)
EducationA.B. Government
Alma materHarvard University
SpouseSarabeth Berman
RelativesKatherine Osnos Sanford (Sister)
AwardsNational Book Award for Nonfiction

Evan Lionel Richard Osnos (born December 24, 1976) is an American journalist and author. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008, best known for his coverage of politics and foreign affairs, in the United States and China.[1][2][3] His 2014 book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, won the National Book Award for nonfiction.[4] In October 2020, he published a biography of Joe Biden, entitled Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now.[5] In September 2021, he published Wildland: The Making of America's Fury, about profound cultural and political changes occurring between September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021, that culminated in the turmoil of 2020.

Life and career[edit]

Osnos was born in London, when his parents, Susan (née Sherer) Osnos and Peter L.W. Osnos, were visiting from Moscow, where his father was assigned as a correspondent for The Washington Post.[6] His father was a Jewish refugee from Poland born in India when his family was en route to the U.S.[7] His mother was the daughter of diplomat Albert W. Sherer Jr.[8] Osnos graduated from Greenwich High School in 1994.[9] He then attended Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in government.[10]

In the summer of 1999, Osnos joined the Chicago Tribune as a metro reporter, and, later, a national and foreign correspondent.[11] He was based in New York at the time of the September 11 attacks. In 2002, he was assigned to the Middle East, where he covered the Iraq War and reported from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, and elsewhere. In 2005, he became the China correspondent.[12] He was a guest on the Colbert Report in 2007 and 2011 to discuss China's changes.[13][14] He was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.[15]

Osnos joined The New Yorker in September 2008 and served as the magazine's China correspondent until 2013. Osnos has contributed to the NPR radio show This American Life and the PBS television show Frontline.[16][17] As The New Yorker's China correspondent, Evan maintained a regular blog called "Letter from China"[18] and wrote articles about China's young neoconservatives, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Wenzhou train crash. According to The Washington Post, "In the pages of the New Yorker, Evan Osnos has portrayed, explained and poked fun at this new China better than any other writer from the West or the East."[19] He received two awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Osborn Elliott Prize for excellence in journalism from the Asia Society.[20][21]

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (2014), Osnos' first book, follows the lives of individuals swept up in China's "radical transformation", Osnos said, in an interview on Fresh Air in June 2014.[2] He said Communist Party leaders abandoned "the scripture of socialism and they held on to the saints of socialism." In addition to the National Book Award, the book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.[22] Osnos left China in 2013, to write about politics and foreign affairs at The New Yorker. Among other topics, he examined the politics behind a chemical leak in West Virginia[23] and twice profiled Vice President Joe Biden, which became the basis for a book.[24] According to Publishers Weekly, his book, Joe Biden constituted "a portrait of the candidate that's smart and evocative."[25]

Wildland: The Making of America's Fury (2021) follows the lives of three individuals living in separate communities in the US and demonstrates how their lives reveal "seismic changes in American politics and culture",[26] during political dissolution following the terrorist attacks of 2001 that was evident in 2020,[27] and led to the assault on the capitol on January 6, 2021.


Osnos is married to Sarabeth Berman, a graduate of Barnard College.[10] Since July 2013, they have lived in Washington, D.C. with their two children.[28] Osnos' Chinese name is 欧逸文 (Ōu Yìwén).[29] His father, Peter Osnos, is founder and editor-at-large of PublicAffairs, a publishing company.


  • Osnos, Evan (2014). Age of ambition : chasing fortune, truth, and faith in the New China. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • — (2020). Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now. New York: Scribner. p. 192. ISBN 978-1982174026.
  • — (2021). Wildland: The Making of America's Fury. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 480. ISBN 978-0374286675.


  1. ^ "Contributors". The New Yorker. Conde Nast. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'". NPR. Fresh Air. June 3, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Judith (May 25, 2014). "Striving for Wealth and Truth in China, in Face of Monolithic Government". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Dwyer, Colin. "'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards". NPR.org. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  5. ^ Osnos, Evan (2020-10-27). Joe Biden. ISBN 978-1-9821-7402-6.
  6. ^ "June 17, 2007 Evan Osnos Chicago Tribune, Beijing Bureau Chief". Q & A. C-Span.
  7. ^ Osnos, Evan (January 27, 2017). "I'm alive because my father, a Jewish refugee born en route from Poland, was allowed into America in 1944. My generation owns today's shame". Twitter.
  8. ^ "Albert Sherer Jr., Helsinki Negotiator". Chicago Tribune. December 29, 1986.
  9. ^ Slocum, Bill (May 2014). "Human Interest: After more than a decade of living in the Middle East and Communist China, The New Yorker journalist Evan Osnos has plenty of stories involving danger and intrigue. But it's the story of a nation's rebirth that fascinates him the most". Greenwich Magazine. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Mallozzi, Vincent (July 8, 2011). "Sarabeth Berman, Evan Osnos". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "New Yorker Staff Writer Evan Osnos delivers the 2013 Morris Lecture". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University:Online. 2013-11-12. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  12. ^ McKenzie, Hamish (July 16, 2012). "The New Yorker's Evan Osnos on How Sina Weibo Changes Lives in China". PandoDaily. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "July 30th, 2007". Colbert Report. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  14. ^ "March 11, 2011". Colbert Report. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  15. ^ "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners Investigative Reporting". Columbia University, 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway New York, NY 10027.
  16. ^ "Why Do You Have to Go and Make Things So Complicated? 467: Americans in China". This American Life. Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  17. ^ "Jesus in China". pbs.org/frontlineworld/. WGBH educational foundation. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  18. ^ Osnos, Evan. "Letter from China". The New Yorker:Online. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  19. ^ Pomfret, John (May 16, 2014). "Review: 'Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China' by Evan Osnos". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  20. ^ "THE WHITMAN BASSOW AWARD 2011". opcofamerica.org. Overseas Press Club.
  21. ^ "Asia Society Awards Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize To Evan Osnos For Examining The Global Effects of China's Growth". Asia Society. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  22. ^ "Finalist: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  23. ^ Wertheimer, Linda (April 3, 2014). "Chemical Spill In W. Va. Tests Tolerance For Big Coal". NPR - Morning Edition. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  24. ^ Topaz, Jonathan (July 21, 2014). "New Yorker profile: 15 Bidenisms". Politico. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  25. ^ "Publishers Weekly". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  26. ^ Harvard Book Store, Review of Wildland: The Making of America's Fury, New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Politics, Harvard.com, accessed 2021.11.07
  27. ^ David Shipler and Daniel Zwerdling, What do poor blacks, hedge fund executives, and coal miners have in common?, Interview of Evan Osnos, Two Reporters, October, 2021
  28. ^ Chen, Te-Ping (May 6, 2014). "Writing China: Evan Osnos, 'Age of Ambition'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  29. ^ David Leonhardt (3 January 2018). "特朗普是如何为中国送上大礼包的". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

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