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Philip Pan

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Philip P. Pan
New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s)Journalist and author

Philip P. Pan (born 20th century) is an American journalist, author,[1][2][3][4][5] and International Editor at The New York Times. He previously worked as bureau chief in Moscow and Beijing for The Washington Post.[6]

Early life[edit]

Pan was born and raised in New Jersey. He is the son of immigrants from Taiwan.[7]


He won the Arthur Ross Book Award Gold Medal in 2009 for his bestselling book about political change in modern China, Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China, which was also named a Best Book of 2008 by The Washington Post and The Economist. The New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani wrote that the book possessed "both the immediacy of first-rate reportage and the emotional depth of field of a novel".[8]

Pan was formerly a reporter for The Washington Post and headed its Beijing and Moscow bureaus. He also received the 2002 Livingston Award for International Reporting for his articles about labor conditions in China, and an Overseas Press Club award and the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia for stories about Chinese-style authoritarianism. He started his career working at the Post's Metro Desk "covering crime, education and immigration policy" after graduating from Harvard University with a bachelor's in government in 1995. He was managing editor for The Harvard Crimson and freelanced for The Boston Globe, and interned with the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Jersey Journal.[9] He joined The Washington Post's Beijing bureau in 2000.

Pan's book profiles a dozen individuals caught in the struggle over China's political future, including a filmmaker trying to uncover the truth about the execution of a young woman named Lin Zhao during the Cultural Revolution, an elderly surgeon named Jiang Yanyong who blew the whistle on China's cover-up of the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, and a blind rural activist named Chen Guangcheng who was jailed after trying to stop a campaign of forced abortion and sterilization in his village. Other topics covered by his book include China's shourong detention system, investigative journalism in China, and the publication and reception of An Investigation of China's Peasantry, by Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, which was later released as Will the Boat Sink the Water (2006) in its English translation.

After leaving The Post, Pan joined The New York Times as Beijing bureau chief and assistant foreign editor in 2011 He helped launch the newspaper's Chinese-language website, its first online edition in a foreign language. On September 22, 2022, The New York Times announced Pan as its International Editor.[10]

In April 2024, an article from The Intercept revealed that Pan, along with The New York Times standards editor Susan Wessling, had written an internal memo instructing The New York Times journalists covering the Israel-Hamas war to restrict from using terms like “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” and to “avoid” using the phrase “occupied territory” when describing Palestinian land.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Pan is a graduate of Harvard University. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife and children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pan, Philip P. (2008-07-03). "Books: 'Out of Mao's Shadow'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  2. ^ "The Party vs. the People". Slate. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  3. ^ "Philip Pan". Charlie Rose. Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  4. ^ "Profile of Philip Pan". pbs.org. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  5. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (2008-07-15). "Dispatches From Capitalist China". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  6. ^ "Phil Pan Is Our Next International Editor". The New York Times Company. 2022-09-22. Retrieved 2023-01-01.
  7. ^ "Asia Society Announces 3rd Winner of the Osborn Elliott Prize". Asia Society. Retrieved 2023-01-01.
  8. ^ "Dispatches From Capitalist China". The New York Times.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 2010-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Phil Pan Is Our Next International Editor". The New York Times Company. 2022-09-22. Retrieved 2023-01-01.

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