Renowned Chinese News Anchor Is Next Poynter Fellow

Noted China Central Television (CCTV) news anchor and commentator Bai Yansong will visit the campus as a Poynter Fellow on Tuesday, March 31.

Bai will discuss “American Dream — Chinese Dream: The Future of U.S./China Relations Under the Obama Administration” at 4 p.m. in the Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be in Mandarin Chinese with consecutive English translation.

Bai is the founder and commentator of the show “News 1+1,” which is considered to be China’s most influential daily news commentary program. He is also co-founder of a series of innovative programs for CCTV, including “Oriental Horizon,” “News Probe” and “Newsweek.”

For his contributions in helping to solve public problems through his work in the media, Bai was selected as Global Youth Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum in 2007.

Bai has hosted almost all of the live television programs on all key events over the past 15 years in China, such as Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, the closure of Three Gorges Dam on the Yang­tze River in 1998, the Sichuan earthquake and the Beijing Olympic Summer Games in 2008.

As a member of the Chinese-Japanese 21st-Century Friendship Committee, Bai played a key role in promoting Sino-Japanese non-governmental exchanges and media communications with his documentary “Yansong Japan Close-up.” The film examines Japanese people’s diverse views on history and their different interpretations on Sino-Japanese relations.

In 2008, Bai presided over “Critical Point: a Round-Table Forum of Sino-Japanese Relations,” a program in which four ministerial-level diplomats from China and Japan were invited to discuss a series of controversial issues, including the Olympic Games, military expenditure and Tibet. The program was broadcast both on CCTV and Asahi TV of Japan.

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