Global Science & Environment Correspondent for the Associated Press
Christina Larson is an award-winning foreign correspondent and science & technology journalist. She focuses on technology in China and on global environmental issues.
Now Global Science & Environment Correspondent for the Associated Press, she is based in Washington, DC, and reports from the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Previously she lived in Beijing for seven years (2011-2018) as a contributing China correspondent for Science magazine, China technology reporter for Bloomberg, and a freelance magazine writer. She has written about everything from animal intelligence to artificial intelligence — and using science to solve historical mysteries.
Her dispatches have appeared in The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Washington Post, MIT Technology Review, Wired, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, Fast Company, Smithsonian, Yale Environment 360, Slate, California Sunday Magazine, and other publications.
In addition to filing stories from remote and varied corners of mainland China, she has reported from Hong Kong, India, Peru, Mexico, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, U.K., Greece, Jamaica, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
Prior to moving to Beijing in 2011, Christina was an editor and writer at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC. She has also been a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University; the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.; the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies; and the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. An avid runner and occasional painter, she is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and holds a B.A. from Stanford University, where she cut her teeth in journalism as the international news editor at the Stanford Daily.
A finalist for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, Christina has been a guest discussing her reporting on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, NPR, WNYC, and other broadcast programs.
Her profile of Chinese environmentalist Yong Yang was included in the 2012 anthology Chinese Characters, and she was a text editor for the 2014 documentary book Testament: Chris Hondros, a collection of photos and essays by the late war photojournalist.
In 2016, Christina was awarded the Overseas Press Club of America’s Morton Frank Award for “best magazine international business news reporting,” for a Foreign Policy profile of a young Chinese scientist-turned-entrepreneur.
In 2018, she was awarded Honorable Mention for “Excellence in Explanatory Reporting” by the Society of Publishers in Asia, for a Bloomberg series she co-authored on how pollution imperils the food chain in China.
In 2019, she received an “Award for Excellence” from the Society of Publishers in Asia for an AP investigative series exposing and explaining the ethical controversies around the world’s first gene-edited babies — which she co-reported from Shenzhen, China. The series, published in 2018, triggered swift reaction from the Chinese government and influenced policies and debates about gene-editing worldwide.
In 2019, she was also a lead writer for the AP’s “What Can Be Saved?” global environment series. For this in-depth multimedia project, she worked with photographers and video journalists to file reports from snow-capped mountains in western China, threatened rainforests in Peru and Rwanda, Caribbean coral reefs, abandoned coal mines in West Virginia, and golden savannahs in Tanzania.