Institute of Politics

Dake Kang

Multiformat Journalist for the AP in Beijing & IOP Alumni

  • Winter-Spring 2023 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminars


Dake Kang is a journalist for The Associated Press in Beijing, where he has been based since 2018.

Dake spearheaded coverage of China’s initial response to COVID-19 that was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. His previous work with colleagues on state repression against the Uyghurs won numerous awards, including the Osborn Elliott Prize, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, the AP's Oliver S. Gramling Award and multiple nods from the Overseas Press Club.

Before China, Dake reported from Cleveland, Thailand, Philadelphia, Iowa and India. He was posted across the street from Trump Tower on the night of the 2016 elections, and covered the opioid crisis and police shootings in Ohio.

He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied history and math, and wrote his thesis on the construction of Beijing’s first subway. He found it was designed, in part, as an air raid escape hatch for China’s top leaders during the Cold War.


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