Mike Chinoy, member of APCO’s International Advisory Council, is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and the creator of the Assignment China documentary film series on the history of American correspondents in China. He is also an independent consultant on media strategy and training for business executives, NGOs and others.
Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy, focusing on security issues in North Korea, China and Northeast Asia. He is the author of three books: China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution, Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis and The Last POW.
Before joining the Pacific Council and USC in 2006, Chinoy spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN. He was the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, and served as Bureau Chief in Hong Kong and as Senior Asia Correspondent.
Chinoy has reported on several of the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the Soviet and U.S. wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami and elections and political crises in Taiwan. He has interviewed many prominent international figures, including Jiang Zemin, Kim Il Sung, Tung Chee-hwa, Corazon Aquino, Benazir Bhutto, Colin Powell, Kim Dae-jung, Ma Ying-jeou and many others.
Chinoy is a leading specialist on North Korea. He has visited Pyongyang 17 times, and, in addition to writing two books on the country, he is a regular commentator on North Korean issues for leading media outlets including, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and the Washington Post, among others.
Mr. Chinoy has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont awards. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University. He is based in Hong Kong.