Anna Fifield is the Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post, covering all aspects of greater China. She was the Post's bureau chief in Tokyo between 2014 and 2018, focusing on Japan and the Koreas but periodically reporting from other parts of the region. She particularly concentrated on North Korea, trying to shed light on the lives of ordinary people there and also on how the regime managed to stay in power.
She started as a journalist in her home country of New Zealand, then worked for the Financial Times for 13 years, including four as Seoul correspondent. She has reported from more than 20 countries and has visited North Korea a dozen times, becoming one of the most authoritative journalists on this impenetrable country.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard, studying how change happens in closed societies. In 2018, she received the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University for her outstanding reporting on Asia.