Melissa Chan

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.


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

13 May 2012

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.

14 Mar 2012

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.

10 Mar 2012

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.

25 Jan 2012

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.

23 Jan 2012