From 1998-2012, Denyer reported on global environmental, political, and social issues from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. For two years, he was The Washington Post’s regional editor in Asia and covered Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, China and India.
He has also reported from Mongolia, the United States and Iran and been widely published in Asia newspapers, including The South China Morning Post and The Daily Star, and foreign journals including Science, Nature, The Economist, Nature’s Nature, and The Lancet.
Simon’s personal life
Simon Denyer was born in Singapore in 1965. He spent his early childhood there before his parents – a diplomat father and a journalist mother – moved to New Zealand. As a small boy he grew up in both countries, loving New Zealand most of all because it didn’t stink. They returned to Singapore after three years. Simon spent several years in Auckland, New Zealand before the family moved to the United States. He has lived in Washington, London, Tokyo and now San Francisco, California, before settling in Palo Alto.
Simon Denyer: I grew up in Auckland and began working for the New Zealand Herald in 1977, covering the first wave of the wave of migration from New Zealand. I moved to the London bureau of The Herald in the late 1980s and covered the Falklands War and both Gulf Wars. I returned to New Zealand in 1996 to work for The Associated Press in Auckland. In 2000, I was selected for a one-year fellowship at the International Peace Institute in Geneva and was based at the International Bureau of the Economist, before returning to London to cover the Balkans. I then worked in The Washington Post bureau of The New York Times. In 2012, I became a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and lectured on media and foreign policy issues.
His Approach to Journalism
Simon Denyer said, “I would consider journalism a bit like throwing a stone into a pond,” he told the audience. I don’t consider myself a journalist so much as a storyteller and a reporter. A journalist who says, ‘Look, I’m going there, and I’m going to do a story and tell my version of it,’ that’s not me. I always want to find something you don’t know about. The end of my story is not the end of the world. It’s a tiny part of the world. If there’s something that’s not as well known, that’s something I would like to tell you.”
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