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Mike Chinoy

Former CNN Correspondent for Asia-Pacific Region

Mike Chinoy

Former CNN Correspondent for Asia-Pacific Region


Former CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and the creator of the Assignment China documentary film series on the history of American correspondents in China.

Previously, Chinoy spent three years as a Senior Fellow on Asian Security at the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy, focusing on security issues in North Korea, China and Northeast Asia. His book on North Korea, entitled Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, was published in August, 2008, and was hailed by the Washington Post as “a tour de force of reporting.” A paperback edition came out in October 2009, and a Korean language translation was published in early 2010. He was at the same time a Visiting Professor of Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Chinoy’s newest book, Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement, is the biography of a man who was a founder and leader of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland and a key player in the peace process who went on to become one of the world's foremost human rights lawyers. 

Before joining the Pacific Council and USC in 2006, Chinoy spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints as a roving reporter based in London, eight years as the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, and, from 2001-2006, Senior Asia Correspondent, responsible for coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. He began his career working for CBS News and NBC News in Hong Kong in the 1970s.

Chinoy has reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power” revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square crisis, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the fall of Indonesian President Suharto, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, elections and political crises in Taiwan, and developments in North Korea. 

Chinoy’s access to, and understanding of, North Korea is unmatched among American journalists. He has visited North Korea 17 times since 1989. He was the only journalist to accompany former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his historic trip to Pyongyang in 1994, and has returned regularly since then, most recently in the summer of 2013. In recent research, Chinoy has found that although in the past Hong Kong was traditionally viewed as “Asia’s World City,” being a good place to do business that was safe and efficient, this title is now gone, and potentially for good. This is due to the regular protests and heavy-handed police behavior, which could have huge implications in the future.

Chinoy is the author of the acclaimed book China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution, and has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Emmy, Peabody and Dupont awards for his coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crisis, and a Dupont Award for his coverage of the tsunami. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University.

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