Between Pyongyang and Washington: A New Yorker writer on Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump

Date & Time Apr 09 2018 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Audience Open to the Public

A staff writer at The New Yorker for a decade, Evan Osnos currently focuses on (among additional topics) North Korea and the possibility of President Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un, as well as on China and how Xi Jinping is navigating Trump administration policies.

Osnos will discuss President Trump and Kim Jong Un. A book sale and signing of Osnos’ book “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China” (2014 National Book Award in nonfiction) will follow the discussion.

Osnos is a fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has profiled Vice President Joe Biden, legal scholar Lawrence Lessig and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and is a frequent guest on CNN, NPR and PBS NewsHour.

From 2008 to 2013, Osnos was The New Yorker’s China correspondent. His subjects included the reconstruction of a train crash that exposed corruption; 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 also wrote the Letter from China blog for

Osnos has written from elsewhere in East Asia; his article, “The Fallout,” on the effects of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, 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.

Osnos has 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.”

Osnos is visiting the Woodrow Wilson School as part of its Christian A. Johnson Foundation Leadership through Mentorship Program.