Winning a Pulitzer Prize: The Story of Simon Denyer

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Mr. Denyer has taught courses in media and politics at two leading universities in Japan and has reported from more than 40 countries across the world. His latest book, “The Great Escape”, tells the story of the flight of hundreds of Tibetans over the Himalayas to Nepal, following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Bio and personal introduction

Simon Denyer graduated with a BA in journalism before working for Reuters for more than a decade. From 2001-03, Simon covered the war in Afghanistan for Reuters, before taking up a post at The Washington Post in 2003 as their first-ever Asia correspondent.

Simon Denyer has a wife and two daughters and lives in the Tokyo suburb of Yokohama with his wife Christine, a former World Bank economist. They spend much of their time travelling, going to concerts, playing sport and trying to get their daughters to settle down and do their homework.

Early career and professional achievements

Since joining The Washington Post in 2011 as a foreign correspondent based in Japan, I have been based in some of the most dynamic, vibrant and volatile parts of the world Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, India, Southeast Asia, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Cuba and the Middle East.

Simon Denyer has reported for The Washington Post and Reuters from Beijing, Tokyo, New Delhi, Islamabad, Kabul, Cairo, Jerusalem and London. Denyer will join the Columbia Journalism School to teach courses focusing on international news coverage of major events in Asia.

He is one of few journalists who can speak fluent Mandarin and Hindi. Mr. Denyer was formerly Beijing bureau chief for Reuters and reported from more than two dozen countries on five continents.

Simon Denyer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author spoke at the 2019 Global Conference. He shared insights on how he reported from some of the world’s most dangerous places and why storytelling matters more than ever in a time when there are so many voices competing for attention. His speech is part of a series of talks by journalists who have changed the way we see the world.

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