William Wan is a China correspondent for The Washington Post, based in Beijing and Shanghai.
William Wan is a roving national correspondent for The Washington Post. Among other topics, he is tasked with examining the Obama presidency and what it has meant to live in America during the last eight years of the Obama administration.
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 has worked as a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times and as the Baltimore Sun’s main rewrite reporter.
Since 2005, he has been a staff writer of news and features for the Washington Post. He was one of the Post’s reporters on the 2010 Pulitzer finalist team covering the Fort Hood shootings. For his work on the religion beat for the Post, 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 reported from more than 20 countries and chronicled the diplomacy of then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He has been writing about China since 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.