Emily Chang is a CNN correspondent based in Beijing. Since joining the Beijing bureau in 2008, Chang has reported on a wide range of social, political and economic stories across China.
She reported daily throughout the 2008 Beijing Olympics, bringing the atmosphere of the Games live to an international audience, and covered President Obamas historic first trip to China. Her series of reports on children sickened by lead poisoning and tainted milk examined the countrys rapid transformation and its health and environmental consequences. She also covered the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake and devastating floods in South China that forced millions to flee their homes. She continues to bring insights into Chinas swift recovery from the global financial crisis, and the international response to North Koreas nuclear ambitions, including its most recent nuclear tests and the capture and subsequent release of two U.S. journalists.
Prior to her move to China, Chang reported for CNN in London from where she conducted prominent interviews including the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, just before her assassination, and the networks first interview with the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.
Before joining CNN in August 2007, Chang spent three years at KNSD, the NBC affiliate in San Diego, California where she also filed reports for MSNBC and NBCs Newschannel on stories including drug and human trafficking at the US-Mexico border and California wildfires. Her work in San Diego was recognized by the US Congress and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She also won five Emmy Awards for news writing, health and science and consumer business reporting.
Chang previously reported in Honolulu, Hawaii and Birmingham, Alabama. She launched her career as a News Associate in the prestigious NBC training program based in New York City where she worked for Dateline and the NBC Nightly News. She also helped produce coverage of the invasion of Iraq including the NBC special The Road to Baghdad.
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.