Simon Denyer is Chief U.S. Correspondent for Reuters News Agency, based in Washington D.C. He was the Washington Post’s Beijing Bureau Chief from 2007 to 2011, covering a diverse range of issues, including Chinese domestic politics, Sino-U.S. ties, and China’s foreign policy more widely, with a particular focus on the impact of China’s rise on its neighbours.
Denyer was born in London and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics). Before joining the Post as a staff writer, he spent two years teaching English at East China Normal University in Shanghai and studying Chinese history; he also worked as a news assistant at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
Simon Denyer has written extensively about Sino-U.S. relations for the Washington Post. He was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2007 and previously served as deputy foreign editor, Middle East editor, and Southeast Asia correspondent.
He won an Overseas Press Club award in 2008 for his coverage of the Sichuan earthquake. He shared Amnesty International’s 2012 Media Award with two other journalists to highlight human rights abuses. Simon Denyer has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He won a Society of Publishers in Asia prize for best feature series, several U.S.-based reporting awards, and a UN Correspondents Association prize for his work in China.
Denyer lives in Washington DC with his wife and two daughters. In 2010, he was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy after reporting from Haiti on the earthquake there; he continues to write from China without using one side of his face. Simon Denyer’s: Twitter.