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Mary Kay Magistad

Mary Kay Magistad

China correspondent, PRI's The World


Mary Kay Magistad has been the East Asia correspondent for PRI's The World since 2002 and has lived and reported in the region for two decades. She travels regularly and widely throughout China and beyond, exploring how China’s rapid transformation has affected individual lives and exploring the bigger geopolitical, economic and environmental implications of China’s rise. She steps back every so often to do an in-depth series on such topics as the China’s urbanization – the biggest and most rapid move from the countryside to the cities in human history, on the potential for innovation in China, and on the ripple effects on Chinese society of the One Child Generation coming of age. Mary Kay’s seven-part series on that subject, called “Young China,” won a 2007 Overseas Press Club Award, one of several awards she has received.