Melissa Chan is a national and foreign affairs broadcast reporter. She was a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, covering stories on social justice, the economy, the environment, and the rural American West. 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. Her work has received a number of awards, including two Human Rights Press Awards, the Asian Television Award, and a nod from the Overseas Press Club. She has also reported from Cuba, Canada, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza.

Chan is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She graduated from Yale University and has an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

Last Updated: September 7, 2016

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02.05.17

Is The White House Beginning to Resemble Zhongnanhai?

Melissa Chan & Yifu Dong
Since Donald Trump was sworn into office on January 20, he has lied repeatedly about the size of the crowd at his inauguration, embraced xenophobic policies, and declareda “running war with the media.” The White House has frozen out the...

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12.15.16

The Missing Topic in Trump’s Tough Talk on China

Melissa Chan
President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric suggests he will push China on many issues, not just one. Some observers have held on to the hope that his phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, his burst of anti-China tweets, and his most recent...

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11.09.16

How Should Trump Deal with China, and How Should China Deal with Trump?

James Holmes, David Dollar & more
Donald J. Trump, president-elect of the United States, spent much of his antagonistic campaign blaming China for many of America’s economic ills, and repeatedly making thinly veiled threats of a U.S. trade war with Beijing. How should Trump engage...

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09.07.16

The Hong Kong Election: What Message Does it Send Beijing?

David Schlesinger, Melissa Chan & more
On September 4, Hong Kong elected a batch of its youngest and most pro-democratic lawmakers yet. Six new legislators, all under 40, won on platforms that called for Hong Kongers to decide their own fate. The youngest is 23-year-old Nathan Law, a...

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