The Career of Simon Denyer

Simon Denyer is an award-winning Washington Post journalist, author and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years in the field. He has done reporting in more than 40 countries, covering a wide variety of topics.

Between 2002 and 2004 he reported on the Taliban in Afghanistan. Later he would go on to cover the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2011 Libyan uprising.

Besides the Washington Post, Simon Denyer has also done reporting for Reuters. In addition, he has appeared on countless radio stations and television channels, including CNN, NPR, PBS, BBC, Fox News and Sky News. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia.

In 2016 he won two rewards for his reporting in China and Tibet. He won the Overseas Press Club of America award after exposing surveillance and censorship in China. He also received a National Headliners Award for reporting on the role of the Chinese government in Tibet.

Then in 2020 he won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the effects of climate change in Japan and the Pacific Ocean. More recently, he has been covering the wildlife trade in various Asian countries.

While he is more well known for his career as a journalist, Simon Denyer has also taught classes about politics and media in Japanese universities. He also was co-editor of the book, Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia.

Currently, he is self-employed as a media consultant. He has been a bureau chief on and off since the 1990s. He was also an adjunct professor from 2020 to 2021.