«Class of 2018

Xin (Cynthia) Feng

Xin Feng ('18)

reporter, China Global Television Network, Beijing (Enlight Foundation Fellow)

Question: How might investigative journalists in China gather public records more effectively and push for greater government transparency?

Feng is a reporter at China Central Television’s English News Channel, where she specializes in in-depth reporting on public affairs, economics and ethnic groups. Before joining CCTV, she was a multimedia reporter for the website of China Daily, a national English-language newspaper. In 2011, Feng created the country’s first bilingual current affairs webcast “Digest China,” examining some of the most basic, yet underexplored, social issues in China. For several weeks, it was the most downloaded podcast on iTunes’ Asia edition. Feng also reported as a “one-woman band” in China’s remote Xinjiang and Tibet regions as well as in Belgium, Kenya and Myanmar, where she produced multimedia stories. Shortly after Feng joined CCTV in 2013, she launched a weekly 30-minute business feature, “New Money,” exploring innovative Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs. The show was the first CCTV program to employ augmented reality during studio discussions to illustrate abstract business concepts. Despite her success in producing, Feng’s true passion always lay in reporting. In 2016, she initiated a cross-country reporting series, Rural Recovery, probing the impact of the country’s rapid economic gains on rural China. Her series sparked extensive public discussions. Feng has won three national journalism awards.

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