William Wan is a roving national correspondent for The Washington Post.
William Wan is a national correspondent for The Washington Post, covering science and health.
He has been a staff writer for the Post since 2005. In that time, he has reported from more than 20 countries, covered the post-revolutionary Egypt, chronicled human rights abuses in China and flown across Asia with then-President Obama.
He was one of the Post’s reporters on the 2010 Pulitzer finalist team covering the Fort Hood shootings. For his reporting on the religion beat, he was named the 2010 and 2011 Supple Religion Writer of the Year. In 2011, the American Society of News Editors awarded him for distinguished writing on diversity.
During a two-year stint covering national security and U.S. foreign policy, he chronicled the diplomacy of then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He began writing about China in 2010 and served for three years as the Post’s China correspondent in Beijing.
For his work examining the unintended consequences of Communist Party policies on Chinese families, Boston University presented Wan with the 2014 Hugo Shong Award. His coverage of government abuses also won the 18th Human Rights Award for Features from Amnesty International and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong and the 2014 Award for Excellence by the Asian American Journalists Association. And his reporting on corruption and secrecy amid China’s cops and courts won the National Headliners Award for International News.
He began covering science for the Post in 2017 and now focuses on behavioral science, bioethics and moral gray areas of research.
Born in New York, Wan grew up living on several continents, with most of his childhood spent in the Canadian prairies and the Mississippi delta. He previously worked as a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times and as the Baltimore Sun’s main rewrite reporter.