Simon Denyer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author. He graduated from Trinity College in 1984 with honors, receiving an MA in economics. He has had a storied career spanning 25 years as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The Washington Post.
At Reuters, he started out as the deputy bureau chief in East Africa, then bureau chief in Pakistan, and India. In 2011, The Washington Post appointed him as the bureau chief of India. He held similar posts in China, the Koreas and Japan. He left his last post as Japan’s bureau chief in 2021. His most recent work covered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan as the country hosted the 2020 Olympics.
In 2011 to 2013, Simon Denyer served as the president of Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia and was an adjunct professor at Sophia and Hosei universities in Japan, teaching media and politics. He is a celebrated author who penned the “Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India’s Unruly Democracy,” a book that outlines corruption in India and co-edited “Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia.”
Simon Denyer has been the recipient of a number of accolades. For instance, in 2020, the Columbia University awarded his Washington Post team the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. The team had worked on a docuseries that related the large-scale effects of climate change as a result of global warming. His team also won the 2020 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award for Science Reporting.
He has also received the National Headliner Award for International Coverage twice, in 2016 and 2020. In 2016, he also received the Overseas Press Club Bob Considine Award. Many TV and radio news outlets like NPR, Fox News, BBC, CNN and PBS have featured his work and have invited him to provide opinions on diverse social-economic topics.
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