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Mike has reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s and worked as CNN's Beijing Bureau Chief, Hong Kong Bureau Chief, and Senior Asia Correspondent.
USC US-China Institute, Senior Fellow

Mike Chinoy is Vice President and Managing Director for Asia of NewsCertified Exchange, a new company that provides customized media training to business, academic and other "experts" and then puts their names on an online date base available to journalists in need of a "media-ready" analyst to comment on an important issue. He is also a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California.

From 2006-09, he was a Senior Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, where he wrote "Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis." The book was hailed by the Washington Post as “a tour de force of reporting.” A paperback edition came out in October, 2009 and a Korean-language version is due out in 2010. He was also a Visiting Professor of Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication.

Prior to 2006, he spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints in London, eight years as the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, and, from 2001-2006, Senior Asia Correspondent, responsible for coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. He began his career working for CBS News and NBC News in Hong Kong in the 1970s.

He has reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power“ revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square crisis, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, and developments in North Korea, where he has visited 14 times.

Mr. Chinoy is the author of the acclaimed book China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution, and has received numerous awards, including the Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont awards for his coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crisis, and a Dupont Award for his coverage of the tsunami. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University. He lives in Arcadia, California.


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