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Evan Osnos
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New Yorker correspondent and National Book Award-winning author of Age of Ambition, Evan Osnos specializes in politics, foreign affairs, and all things related to China. Osnos has written in-depth profiles and essays on many of America’s and China’s most influential cultural, political, and business figures, including Vice President Joe Biden, President Xi Jinping,  artist and activist Ai Weiwei, and Donald Trump.

Osnos won the 2014 National Book Award for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. Based on his eight years living in Beijing, the book is a multi-layered look at the rise of the individual in China and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism.

A Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Age of Ambition was called “a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China” by The Wall Street Journal. The San Francisco Chronicle said it was “by far the most thoughtful and well-crafted work on China written by an American journalist in recent years.”

Turning his sights towards America, Osnos has covered the 2016 presidential election, gun control in America, modern conservatism, and the Flint Water Crisis. In 2003, he embedded himself with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Tribune’s Middle East Correspondent. His piece “The Fallout,” about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.

Prior to The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on the global trade in unsafe imports that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He was the 2007 recipient of the Livingston Award, the nation’s leading prize for young journalists, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.

Osnos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. A fellow at the Brookings Institution, he is a contributor on This American Life and Frontline and has made numerous appearances on Charlie Rose, Morning Joe, and Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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  • Morning Joe: Osnos on "Age of Ambition" (2014)
  • Why China can't do Gangnam Style (2012)
  • Osnos discusses his cover story on China President Xi Jinpeng (2015)
  • What a Trump presidency would look like (2016
  • CNBC Squawk Box: Osnos on China's Slowdown (2014)
  • Charlie Rose: Osnos shows the new face of China (2014)
  • Corruption in China (2012)
  • Osnos on the viral video that made Chinese citizens stand up and other signs of new China (2010)
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Age of Ambition: Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China

For China, it is a time of transition and transformation. From the country’s thriving and evolving economy to the relationship between the Chinese government and its people to the perception of the nation around the globe, Age of Ambition tracks China as it continues its upward trajectory as global superpower and what that means for everyone. Using his years of experience as the New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent, Evan Osnos shares his 360-degree perspective of the most talked about country in the world.

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Bridging the Divide: Passions, Parties, and America Beyond 2016

A non-partisan look at the path that brought us to the most surprising, confounding presidential campaign in modern history — and the America we will have in its wake. Told from the ground up, this is a political odyssey, reaching from Appalachia to the South Side of Chicago, from Obama’s West Wing to the National Rifle Association.

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The China Balance Sheet: Risks and Rewards of Doing Business in China
The China-America Paradox

Are the world’s two most powerful nations on a collision course, or can we find common ground? Who will be the winners and losers of a multi-polar world? An investigation, from China’s capital, of the flashpoints and prospects for cooperation in the world’s most important relationship.

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The Ripple Effect: How Politics Affect Us All

There is more to politics than what happens on Capitol Hill. Every piece of legislation and every policy have a human consequence, a side to the story that often gets ignored. That’s where Evan Osnos comes in. 

Osnos brings his unique brand of investigative journalism stateside as The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent. He finds the everyday citizens affected by big political decisions, telling the story from the ground up. From political in-fighting to chemical spills, he reports the news from all angles, particularly those who have to live with the ramifications. In the “The Ripple Effect,” Evan Osnos connects readers at home to very real people in his stories.  

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What Do They Want: Decoding The World’s Largest Middle Class

A deep dive into the ambitions, tastes, and values of the men and women at the heart of China’s rise. They are consumers, students, and parents; nationalists and liberals and libertarians; Christians, Communists, and Taoists — China’s wildly diverse middle class will grow from 300 million to 800 million by 2025. How will they remake our world?

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Beyond The Beat: Writing At Home And Abroad

Evan Osnos draws on an award-winning career in magazines, newspapers, and in online and broadcast media. He offers lessons on balancing personal narratives with reporting from some of the world’s most difficult environments, accessing the best publications, structuring narratives, and connecting the world outside with readers at home. Suited for university students, media professionals, or anyone interested in the telling of stories.

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The Power and the People: China’s Politics in Transition

Two years after taking office, President Xi Jinping is altering the physics of power at China’s highest levels; he is consolidating authority, forsaking consensus, and redrawing the rules of decision-making. At the same time, a rising middle-class generation is increasing calls to confront Japan and, if necessary, the United States. What is driving the new leaders? How far can they go on economic reform? What are we getting wrong when we analyze these elements from far away? A ground-level view from Beijing and Washington. 

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Books & Other Works
  • Age of Ambition
“Evan was terrific! What a lovely human being (and uber smart) – so generous with his time & attention to people. He was a true pleasure to work with.”
Newport Beach Public Library
“Absolutely stunning. He was fantastic.”
ASIS International
“It was great. We had a big turnout and fabulous feedback about his talk. It was thought-provoking, inspiring and insightful.”
University of Pennsylvania
“A great success!! Evan was just what our students and staff needed--bright, engaging, full of passion for what he's doing, and a thoroughly engaging person. He was still surrounded by students when I left around 9pm!”
Florida State College
“IIn addition to being a fine writer, Evan Osnos turns out to be an exceptional speaker. He covered the wide scope of China's 'Age of Ambition' in a lecture that passed by so quickly I thought my watch had stopped. He is also a warm and witty person, and freely shared his insights and opinions with a broad cross-section of our community. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and other friends of Randolph-Macon all came away with the impression that they had met someone truly special.”
Ralph-Macon College
“His talk was excellent: he is extremely articulate, observant, and conveys his knowledge in an accessible, engaging way. His responses to questions and comments were penetrating and insightful. He was very patient both before and after the program in signing copies of his book and talking individually with members of the audience. Evan knows how to tailor his remarks to his audience. I would recommend him highly to any group interested in learning about the real, every day China. He also has a sense of history that illuminates his understanding of the present.”
National Committee On U.S.–China Relations
“When you talk to 10 different people today, you’ll get 10 different answers on what the Chinese dream is.That’s a real change from the past.”
Evan Osnos
“He was fabulous…. He was not only a great speaker with a timely and informative presentation, but he was also a perfect guest! His insights about China prompted a multitude of questions at the luncheon following the lecture. His winning of the National Book Award for non-fiction is so well deserved!”
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