William Wan is a China correspondent for The Washington Post, based in Beijing and Shanghai.

Born in New York, he 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 lead 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 also awarded him for distinguished writing on diversity. Most recently, he has been the diplomatic correspondent, covering U.S. foreign policy and national security for the Post.

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