Bay Fang was appointed the president of Radio Free Asia on November 20, 2019. She provides strategic and operational direction to meet the network’s mission of providing balanced, objective news to listeners in East Asian countries where such news is unavailable.
Fang has served as RFA’s Executive Editor since October 2016 and was originally hired as the Managing Director for East Asia in 2015. Fang has worked closely with RFA leadership and USAGM on the company’s strategic journalistic initiatives and held responsibilities relating essentially to all sectors of RFA operations. Fang’s major investigative ventures include a ground-breaking series on North Korea’s means of skirting international sanctions through forced overseas labor around the world, and numerous multimedia projects showcasing RFA’s in-depth journalism on China’s influence in Southeast Asia, the surveillance state in the Uyghur and Tibetan regions, and the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In addition, she edited and helped to produce the award-winning e-book featuring the work of RFA resident political cartoonist Rebel Pepper, which received the Sigma Delta Chi award by the Society of Professional Journalists.
A longtime journalist and former diplomat, Fang has served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, overseeing public diplomacy and public affairs for Europe and Eurasia. Her 20-plus-year career in journalism includes serving as the Diplomatic Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and covering the wars in Afghanistan (2001-2002) and Iraq (2003-2004) for U.S. News and World Report magazine. She started her career as the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report, where she won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for her story “China’s Stolen Wives.” Fang earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong and a visiting fellow at Oxford University.