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Times foreign correspondent Demick earns Shorenstein award

Paper's Beijing bureau chief was recognized for 'innovative and extraordinarily sensitive reporting on Northeast Asia over the past decade.'

February 12, 2013
  • Barbara Demick has been a Times correspondent since 2001 and chief of the paper’s Beijing bureau since 2008.
Barbara Demick has been a Times correspondent since 2001 and chief of the… (Los Angeles Times )

Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Demick has received the Shorenstein Journalism Award for her "innovative and extraordinarily sensitive reporting on Northeast Asia over the past decade."

The award, given by Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, was established in 2002 to recognize journalism that helps Americans understand the complexities of Asia. It comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

Demick, a Times correspondent since 2001 and chief of the paper's Beijing bureau since 2008, has reported on human trafficking, corruption and persecution of ethnic minorities in China and on famine and repression in North Korea.

Her 2009 book "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" grew out of articles she wrote for The Times. It was described by the New York Review of Books as "a tour de force of meticulous reporting" and by the Wall Street Journal as "deeply moving."

Demick received the Shorenstein award Monday during a dinner ceremony at Stanford.

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