Tiger Profile: Andrew Quinn

Updated: Nov 8

Former Reuters foreign correspondent and the founding director of the New Voices initiative at the Aspen Institute


Andrew Quinn is a former Reuters foreign correspondent and the founding director of the New Voices initiative at the Aspen Institute, a groundbreaking program aimed at amplifying expert voices from Africa, Asia and Latin America in the global development discussion.


Andrew spent more than 20 years with Reuters, starting as a junior reporter in Taiwan just after the end of martial law and then moving to Beijing, where he served for four years covering the political crackdown that followed the Tiananmen Square protests, fraught Sino-UK negotiations over Hong Kong’s future and the beginnings of China’s long economic boom.


Other postings included stints in Pakistan and Vietnam, coverage of both Gulf wars, and longer assignments in Washington and California. He served as Southern Africa bureau chief during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and spent more than three years traveling the world with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Reuters' State Department correspondent.


A “faculty brat” at Wellesley College, Andrew began his Chinese studies young thanks to Mrs. Lin and patient student teachers at Wellesley’s Chinese Department. He went on to major in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and obtained a degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley. He was a 2008 Nieman Global Health Fellow at Harvard University.


At Aspen, Andrew is leading the New Voices Fellowship which identifies, trains and supports a new cadre of experts from developing countries who seek to play a larger role in championing solutions and setting priorities for global development work.

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