Susan Jakes is Editor of ChinaFile and Senior Fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S. China Relations. From 2000-2007 she reported on China for TIME Magazine, first as a reporter and editor based in Hong Kong and then as the magazine’s Beijing Correspondent, covering topics including student nationalism, human rights, the environment, and public health. In 2001 she was awarded the Society of Publishers in Asia’s Young Journalist of the Year Award for her coverage of Chinese youth culture. In 2003 she broke the story of China’s cover-up of the SARS epidemic in Beijing, for which she received a Henry Luce Public Service Award. Jakes is fluent in Mandarin and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale in history.
Melissa K. Chan is a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where she is working on improving digital security for journalists. She was Al Jazeera English’s China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012. Her work received a number of awards, including two Human Rights Press Awards, the Asian Television Award, and a nod from the Overseas Press Club. Her broadcast journalism experience began with internships in CNN’s Hong Kong and Havana bureaus, eventually joining the team at ABC News in New York team that produced World News Tonight. She received her BA in History from Yale University, and her Master’s in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. Melissa speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.
Isaac Stone Fish is associate editor at Foreign Policy. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, he wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea. His articles have also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Economist, and the Los Angeles Times.