Evan Osnos

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Evan Osnos
Evan Osnos - Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011.jpg
Osnos at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2011
Born 24 December 1976 (1976-12-24) (age 38)
London, England
Nationality American
Education B.A. Political Science
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Sarabeth Berman
Parent(s) Peter L. W. Osnos
Susan Osnos

Evan L.R. Osnos (born December 24, 1976) is an American journalist. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008, best known for his coverage of China.[1][2][3] He is the author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China which won the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Osnos was born in London, when his parents, Susan (nee Sherer) Osnos and Peter L.W. Osnos, were visiting from Moscow, where his father was assigned as a correspondent for the Washington Post.[5] Osnos graduated from Greenwich High School in 1994.[6] He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1998.[7]

In the summer of 1999, Osnos joined the Chicago Tribune as a metro reporter, and, later, a national and foreign correspondent.[8] He was based in New York at the time of the September 11 attacks. In 2002, he was assigned to the Middle East, where he covered the Iraq War and reported from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, and elsewhere. In 2005, he became the China correspondent.[9] He was a guest on the Colbert Report in 2007 and 2011 to discuss China's changes.[10][11] In 2008, he was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.[12] Osnos joined The New Yorker in September 2008 and served as the magazine’s China Correspondent until 2013. Osnos has contributed to the NPR radio show This American Life and the PBS television show Frontline.[13][14] As The New Yorker's China correspondent, Evan maintained a regular blog called "Letter from China,"[15] and wrote articles about China’s young neoconservatives, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Wenzhou train crash. According to the Washington Post, "In the pages of the New Yorker, Evan Osnos has portrayed, explained and poked fun at this new China better than any other writer from the West or the East."[16] He has received two awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Osborn Elliott Prize for excellence in journalism from the Asia Society.[17][18] Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (2014), Osnos' first book, follows the lives of individuals swept up in China's "radical transformation," Osnos said, in an interview on Fresh Air in June 2014.[2] He said Communist Party leaders abandoned "the scripture of socialism and they held on to the saints of socialism." Osnos left China in 2013, to write about politics and foreign affairs at The New Yorker. Among other topics, he has examined the politics behind a chemical leak in West Virginia and profiled Vice President Joe Biden.[19][20]


Osnos is married to Sarabeth Berman, a graduate of Barnard College.[7] Since July 2013, they have lived in Washington, D.C.[21] Osnos' Chinese name is 欧逸文 (Ōu Yìwén). His father, Peter Osnos, is founder and editor-at-large of PublicAffairs, a publishing company.



  • Osnos, Evan (2014). Age of ambition : chasing fortune, truth, and faith in the new China. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 



  1. ^ "Contributors". The New Yorker. Conde Nast. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'". NPR. Fresh Air. June 3, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Shapiro, Judith (May 25, 2014). "Striving for Wealth and Truth in China, in Face of Monolithic Government". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Dwyer, Colin. "'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards". NPR.org. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  5. ^ "June 17, 2007 Evan Osnos Chicago Tribune, Beijing Bureau Chief". Q & A. C-Span. 
  6. ^ Slocum, Bill (May 2014). "Human Interest: After more than a decade of living in the Middle East and Communist China, The New Yorker journalist Evan Osnos has plenty of stories involving danger and intrigue. But it’s the story of a nation’s rebirth that fascinates him the most". Greenwich Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Mallozzi, Vincent (July 8, 2011). "Sarabeth Berman, Evan Osnos". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "New Yorker Staff Writer Evan Osnos delivers the 2013 Morris Lecture". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University:Online. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  9. ^ McKenzie, Hamish (July 16, 2012). "The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos on How Sina Weibo Changes Lives in China". PandoDaily. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "July 30th, 2007". Colbert Report. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "March 11, 2011". Colbert Report. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners Investigative Reporting". Columbia University, 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway New York, NY 10027. 
  13. ^ "Why Do You Have to Go and Make Things So Complicated? 467: Americans in China". This American Life. Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jesus in China". http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/. WGBH educational foundation. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ Osnos, Evan. "Letter from China". The New Yorker:Online. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  16. ^ Pomfret, John (May 16, 2014). "Review: ‘Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China’ by Evan Osnos". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "THE WHITMAN BASSOW AWARD 2011". https://www.opcofamerica.org/. Overseas Press Club. 
  18. ^ "Asia Society Awards Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize To Evan Osnos For Examining The Global Effects of China's Growth". Asia Society. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ Wertheimer, Linda (April 3, 2014). "Chemical Spill In W. Va. Tests Tolerance For Big Coal". NPR - Morning Edition. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ Topaz, Jonathan (July 21, 2014). "New Yorker profile: 15 Bidenisms". Politico. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  21. ^ Chen, Te-Ping (May 6, 2014). "Writing China: Evan Osnos, ‘Age of Ambition’". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 

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