«Class of 2009

Weican Meng (Watson)

chief editor and manager, Boxun News (Durham, N.C.)

Meng was born and raised in Hebei, China. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hebei Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from Nankai University, both in Tianjin. He also received a master’s degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He left China in 1996 and began his career in journalism in 1998, when he created an independent Chinese news list service while living in New York. In 2000, he founded Boxun News, the first Chinese news service in the model of citizen journalism. Accessing otherwise censored stories, Boxun’s reports are frequently quoted by Radio Free Asia, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters without Borders, and Voice of America. Meng is now based in Durham, NC.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.