Bio and Contact Info
Shawn Yuan is an award-winning journalist and photographer based in Baghdad, covering Iraq and the Middle East. Previously based in Beijing and Beirut, Shawn has reported from China, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Cameroon, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and other countries.
An alum of Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Beijing and Al Jazeera in Baghdad, Shawn has been published in various international outlets including Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, BBC, WIRED, California Sunday Magazine,VICE News, Daily Telegraph, South China Morning Post, The National, The Lancet, among others.
Shawn is a National Geographic Explorer and a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. His coverage of Hong Kong protests in 2019 earned him first place at the Pictures of Year International award. He is also a finalist photographer for Sony World Photography Awards and Siena International Photo Awards.
A fluent English and Mandarin speaker, Shawn can chat well in Arabic (both Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Dialect), Cantonese, and Spanish. He uses writing and photography as his main mediums of storytelling.
Prior to starting his journalism career, Shawn worked as a fellow at Human Rights Watch and International Refugee Assistance Project in the United States. During those times, his interests were refugee protection, immigration policy reform, and international law.
He is available for assignments for text and photography across China and the Middle East.