Matt DeButts is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and Journalism M.A. student at Stanford University. He lived in Beijing from 2014 to 2019, where he worked as a special correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and a contributing editor to the Economist Intelligence Unit. His writing has been published in Sixth Tone, SupChina, Foreign Policy, and Vox. He is based in Palo Alto, California.

Last Updated: August 26, 2020



When China Reporters Can’t Report from China

Matt DeButts
Shortly after midnight on March 18, a phone call awoke Steven Lee Myers in his Beijing apartment. The call was followed by a flurry of messages: WhatsApp, text, email. Friends and colleagues were asking him questions: What is going on? What does...