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Mike Chinoy

Former foreign correspondent for CNN, Mike Chinoy is currently a Senior Fellow at USC's US-China Institute. He is also Asia’s Vice President and Managing Director for NewsCertified Exchange, a new media company that connects experts and...

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Mike Chinoy's Biography

Former foreign correspondent for CNN, Mike Chinoy is currently a Senior Fellow at USC's US-China Institute. He is also Asia’s Vice President and Managing Director for NewsCertified Exchange, a new media company that connects experts and journalists through an online database, allowing reporters to freely and easily access "interview-ready" authorities to comment on issues in the news. Previously, Chinoy was with the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles in 2006 as the Edgerton Fellow in Korean Security, focusing on security issues in North Korea, China, and Northeast Asia.


Chinoy is the author of the acclaimed book, China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution. His latest book, Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, provides a gripping account of one of America's longest-running, most volatile foreign policy crises, explaining why North Korea remains a danger today.
Chinoy served 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints as a roving reporter based in London, Bureau Chief in Beijing and Hong Kong, and, from 2001-2006, as 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.
After nearly three decades of living in and writing on the region, Chinoy has a broad and deep understanding of Asian politics and security issues. He 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 massacre, 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.
His access to, and understanding of, North Korea is unmatched among American journalists. He has visited the country 14 times since 1989, more than any other US reporter. He was the only journalist to accompany former US President Jimmy Carter on his historic trip to Pyongyang in 1994, and has returned regularly.
Chinoy has received wide recognition for his journalism, including Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont Awards for his coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crisis, and a duPont Award for his coverage of the tsunami.