Philip P. Pan spent 15 years as a reporter for the Washington Post, including assignments as bureau chief in Beijing and Moscow. He lived in China for nearly a decade and won the Livingston Award for international reporting, the Overseas Press Club’s Bob Considine Award for best newspaper interpretation of international affairs, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for excellence in journalism about Asia. His first book, Out of Mao’s Shadow, was honored by the Council on Foreign Relations with the 2009 Arthur Ross Book Award for best book on international affairs. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in government, he also studied Mandarin at Peking University in the early 1990s. Before going overseas for the Post, he covered criminal justice and immigration in the Washington area. He now lives in Hong Kong with his wife and son.