After working as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Joanna Chiu is now deputy bureau chief of Star Vancouver, part of the national Toronto Star (Canada’s largest daily newspaper). She co-directs a dynamic newsroom dedicated to enterprise reporting and investigative stories that effect change. The Star is a leading source of news on Canada-China relations including the Huawei Meng Wanzhou saga.
Joanna was previously a Beijing-based correspondent for Agence France Presse (AFP), leading coverage of China’s human rights and social affairs stories for one of the biggest news agencies in the world. She has also served as China and Mongolia correspondent for top German news agency DPA, and in Hong Kong, she reported for the South China Morning Post, The Economist and The Associated Press. Her story on refugees in Hong Kong won a 2012 Human Rights Press Award, and her report on #MeToo cases in Asia was named one of the best Foreign Policy long-form stories in 2018. She has also covered social issues and the Chinese diaspora in Thailand and Indonesia.
She is the founder and chair of the NüVoices editorial collective, which celebrates the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined). In addition to the NüVoices podcast and upcoming print anthology, the group’s online magazine NüStories publishes essays, articles, multimedia projects and other original content.
Her work appears in many other leading publications including The Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC World, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Quartz, Al Jazeera and GlobalPost. She additionally provides commentary and reporting for broadcast media as well as public workshops and lectures on request.
Joanna earned her Masters degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was awarded a Leo Hindery fellowship. At the University of British Columbia, she wrote her honours thesis on modern women’s roles in revolutionary China.
As a consultant, she has assisted major news and research organizations on numerous high-level productions. In March 2018, PEN America published a 90-page report on China’s social media censorship based primarily on her findings and analysis. She previously served as Northeast Asia correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists, producing news articles and research reports on press freedom issues in the region.