Melissa Chan is an American reporter currently working with The New York Times on a series of special video projects focusing on technology, democracy, and global affairs and how these forces impact ordinary people. She is also a collaborator with the Global Reporting Centre.
Previously, she worked for Al Jazeera America, covering stories on everything from foreign policy, to the economy and the rural American West. She also reported overseas, in particular as the lead reporter following the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and examined China’s rising global influence in developing countries.
With Al Jazeera English, she served as China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012 for the channel's reports. While in Asia, she also developed an expertise on North Korea, covering the six-party talks and visiting Pyongyang in 2010 to cover Kim Jong Il’s succession plans.
She has reported from Cuba, Canada, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza. Her works have appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, VICE News, POLITICO, and Foreign Policy. She has appeared as a guest on CNN and the BBC.
She was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in 2017-2018. The program endeavors to develop a new generation of Americans committed to strengthening transatlantic relations. There, she researched artificial intelligence and the future of work. She was also a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow in 2012-2013, focusing on leadership and driving media innovation and entrepreneurship. She spent her year developing digital security training and tools for journalists facing potential hacker attacks from state-sponsored entities.
She was born in Hong Kong, grew up in California, and is a History graduate of Yale University. She also holds an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. In addition to English, Melissa speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, and some Spanish and German.
How an Alleged Sonic Attack Shaped U.S. Policy on Cuba
The New York Times
Cuban Communism Is at Its Reform-or-Die Moment
Foreign Policy [April 17, 2018]
Kim Jong Un is Going “Seriously Capitalist”
VICE News [September 13, 2017]
Angry about Comey’s firing? Good. China shows us the dangers of creeping cynicism.
The Washington Post [May 10, 2017]
Will Jon Huntsman Go Rogue in Moscow?
POLITICO [March 13, 2017]
Guest appearance on CNN to discuss first meeting between President Trump and Xi.
Guest appearance on Deutsche Well to discuss North Korea.
Deutsche Well [January 2017]
Professional Video Reel