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Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson, a 2007 Nieman fellow, is a reporter/editor at The Wall Street Journal. He was born in 1962 in Montreal, Canada, and emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1977. He went to high school and college in Florida and worked at The Orlando Sentinel. In 1986 he went to Taiwan to study Chinese and then to Berlin to freelance and get his master's. He covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unification. He received his M.A. in Chinese studies in 1993.

From 1992 to 1994 Johnson covered business for the Baltimore Sun, moving to its Beijing bureau in 1994. In 1997 he joined The Wall Street Journal's Beijing bureau, where he covered macroeconomics. In 1999 he became acting bureau chief, overseeing the other five reporters in the bureau and covering the politics and society beats. His stories about the Falun Gong protests resulted in several journalism honors including a Pulitzer Prize and an Overseas Press Club award for foreign reporting. From 2001 to 2006 he worked for the Journal in Berlin.



Ian Johnson on why the Bancrofts should turn down Murdoch
COMMENTARY | May 15, 2007
The Wall Street Journal reporter, currently a Nieman fellow who is actively opposing the proposed Dow Jones takeover, asks what might come first for Murdoch: news-gathering integrity or new revenue-enhancing schemes? No points for the correct answer.

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