Bob Davis has been covering international economics for the Wall Street Journal since the early 1990s when his Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Al Hunt, assigned him to cover international competitiveness,” whatever that was. Pretty quickly that turned into a focus on trade and globalization, especially U.S.-China relations.
Davis covered President Clinton’s negotiations with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji in 1998 over China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. After that, he was Brussels bureau chief from 2001 to 2002, Latin America bureau chief from 2004 to 2007, and China economics correspondent based in Beijing from 2011 to 2014. For the past two years, he has focused on the Washington, D.C., part of President Trump’s China trade war, while Lingling Wei handled the China part.
Along the way, he won a Raymond Clapper Award for Washington reporting in 2000 for his coverage of Clinton’s China deal. He was also part of Wall Street Journal teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1999 for coverage of the Asian and Russian financial crisis, and the Overseas Press Club award in 2005 for Latin American coverage.
In 2014, he and his wife, Debra Bruno, wrote an e-book about their China experiences, Beijing from A-to-Z. In 1998, he coauthored a book on the future of the American economy, called Prosperity, which Business Week named one of the year’s ten best business books.
He began his journalism career in 1975 when he founded an alternative newspaper in Oneonta, New York, The Susquehanna Sentinel, and a newspaper printing business.
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