Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and author
Jonathan Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written and reported on China for thirty years for The Boston Globe, where he covered the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square; The Wall Street Journal, where he served as China bureau chief from 2002 to 2005; and Bloomberg News. He is the author of The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties that helped Create Modern China, A Hole in the Heart of the World: Being Jewish in Eastern Europe and Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. He is director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Kaufman held senior positions at Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe.
As Bloomberg’s Executive Editor for Company News, based in New York, Kaufman oversaw more than 300 reporters and editors worldwide covering business, health, science, education, and international news. Under his leadership, Kaufman’s team at Bloomberg won numerous awards including a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, several George Polk Awards, the Overseas Press Club Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, the Osborn Elliott Prize of the Asia Society, and the Education Writers Association Grand Prize.
Before joining Bloomberg, Kaufman was deputy Page One editor at The Wall Street Journal and also served as The Wall Street Journal’s China Bureau Chief, based in Beijing. He began his journalism career at The Boston Globe where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team examining racism and job discrimination in Boston. He also served as Berlin Bureau Chief of The Boston Globe.
Kaufman received his BA in English from Yale University and an MA in Regional Studies–East Asia from Harvard University.
The Last Kings of Shanghai examines the little-known history of two extraordinary dynasties. In the end, if not in the beginning, they were, as Kaufman puts it, ‘on the wrong side of history.’ But now, thanks to him, they are at least part of history.
THE BOSTON GLOBE