Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan is a national and foreign affairs reporter. She was a broadcast correspondent for Al Jazeera America, covering stories on social justice, the economy, the environment, and the rural American West. With Al Jazeera English, she served as China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012 for the channel's reports. She has also reported from Cuba, Canada, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza.

She was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where she focused on developing digital security training for journalists facing potential hacker attacks from state-sponsored entities. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Women's Rights

Pussyhat creators craft next step in defiance of Trump

Women whose knitted hats became a national phenomenon want to keep the momentum of last month's march in Washington.


Hong Kong's protest success measured in the future

Past week's events may finally bury the stereotype of Hong Kong residents as apathetic and apolitical.


Remembering a son of Sichuan

Al Jazeera revisits the Zhao family, whose 11-year-old son was buried in the 2008 earthquake.

Middle East

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Jews up in arms

Move to make army conscription compulsory for the Haredim community has brought the Israeli government to an impasse.


'Goodbye to China, country of contradictions'

Al Jazeera's ex-Beijing correspondent says she covered country honestly and equitably, after having credentials revoked.


Seeking answers inside China's 'black jails'

Melissa Chan reports from Beijing on a mother's search for a missing daughter she says is among those being held in illegal detention centres.


Chatting with China's security apparatus

Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan has a strange encounter with a rather Orwellian Chinese police officer, as she attempts to interview a rights attorney about the passage of a new law.


Chinese lessons in leadership

With critiques of Marxism and free-thinking seminars on politics and economics, China's top school for Communist Party officials is far from the dour institution you might imagine.


Challenges ahead as China marks new year

This is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is a great symbol of China, but its arrival portends bad luck and a challenging year ahead. That's something the political leadership of China is certainly not oblivious to.


China's land grabs: A case study

About 80,000 to 100,000 protests, what Beijing call "mass incidents," occur every year, many of them concerning the confiscation of farmland for commercial purposes as the economy continues to grow.


Reporting from the Far West

Al Jazeera travels through China's border region to speak with members of the Uigher population - and is shadowed by plainclothes officers for the entire duration of the trip.


Ordos: Boom town to ghost town

A wealthy coal-mining town in Inner Mongolia, designed to house one million people, remains nearly empty, five years after construction began.