John Pomfret (USA)

Raised in New York City and educated at Stanford and Nanjing universities, John Pomfret is an award-winning journalist with The Washington Post. A foreign correspondent for 15 years, he has covered wars in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Turkey and Iran. Pomfret has spent seven years covering China – one in the late 1980s during the Tiananmen Square protests and then from 1998 until the end of 2003 as the bureau chief for The Washington Post in Beijing. At other times, he has been a bartender in Paris and practiced Judo in Japan. In 2003 Pomfret was awarded the Osborne Elliot Award for the best coverage of Asia by the Asia Society. He is married to a Chinese entrepreneur and has two children. Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China is his memoir about his Nanjing University classmates and their families twenty years after university.