Jonah M. Kessel is a cross-platform visual media specialist based in Beijing, China. He is currently The New York Times’ contract video journalist, covering China and East Asia.

In 2012, Kessel contributed to a Pulitzer Prize winning series for Explanatory Reporting, for his work with The New York Times documenting the business practices of Apple and other technology companies entitled "The iEconomy."

In 2013, Kessel’s series "Myanmar Emerges" won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Justice and Human Rights, The Human Rights Press Awards from Amnesty International, two first place awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, as well as two awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association.

Outside of the news media world, Kessel produces pictures and videos for non-profit and governmental organizations as well as multinational commercial enterprises.

Last Updated: February 9, 2015

Sinica Podcast


The Changing Look of China, Myanmar, and Visual Journalism—A Chat With Jonah Kessel

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This week on Sinica, Jeremy and Kaiser are joined by Jonah M. Kessel, former freelance photographer and now full-time videographer for The New York Times who has covered a wide range of China stories, traveled widely through the country, and...



Censored: A Chinese Journalist’s Inside View

Jonah Kessel from Committee to Protect Journalists
Journalist Liu Jianfeng worked at the China Economic Times newspaper in Beijing for fifteen years. Eventually, frustration with the nation’s state-controlled media system and pressure from his colleagues prompted him to quit. He then did brief...

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