Jim Laurie
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Jim Laurie

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International Journalist, Media Consultant, Asia Expert


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Jim Laurie

Jim LaurieInternational Journalist, Media Consultant, Asia Expert

A journalist and broadcaster for more than 45 years, Jim Laurie is currently Director of the Media Consulting firm ‘Focus Asia Productions Ltd.’ He divides his time between Hong Kong and Washington DC.

For 26 years he was a global correspondent for ABC News and NBC News. He is the winner of two Emmy Awards, a Peabody for his coverage of the Vietnam War, and an Overseas Press Club Award.

From 2005 through 2011, he was Director of Broadcasting at the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong. He has specialized in the study of media in China.

Laurie has interviewed many historically influential Asian leaders including China’s Deng Xiaoping, the Dalai Lama, and Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk.

Since 2004, Laurie has specialized in the development of global television news channels. He has served as a consultant to three TV channels in India, the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera English Channel, and to China Central Television in Beijing.

Currently he is advising on China’s growth as a media player in the United States.

Laurie has also been a documentary film producer and writer with a body of work going back more than 35 years.

Films include ‘Cambodia Surgical Ward’ for BBC World in 2010.  An environmental film from China: ‘Earth Factor Asia: Making a Difference’ (KQED World San Francisco: February 2012).

Earlier films include: ‘Vietnam: 25 Years Later’ (2000), ‘China’s Unruly Dragon’(1988), ‘Japan: Myths Behind the Miracle’ (1981) and ‘Cambodia: This Shattered Land.’ (1980)

As a journalist, Laurie has been witness to some of the defining moments in Asia’s history over the past 45 years. He was the only American TV network correspondent to cover the communist takeover of Saigon Vietnam on April 30, 1975.

His role was highlighted in the documentary ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ directed by Rory Kennedy, nominated for an Academy Award in 2014.

In China, Laurie opened the first American television bureau in Beijing in July 1981. He reported from Beijing on the events surrounding Tiananmen Square in June 1989.

He continues to be a frequent visitor to China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  He speaks on a variety of Asia related issues.  


If some reports are to be believed, President Donald Trump’s first meeting in 2017 with China’s President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago was highlighted by great personal chemistry and the start of good international relations.

The summit came after a period of harsh criticism of China from the Republican Presidential candidate.  At the same time, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, provided China an opportunity.

China, although the world’s largest emitter of pollution, could become the world’s most important environmental champion.     What is happening with China and the United States?

Do perceptions of China today match reality?   How have our perceptions changed since President Richard Nixon opened the American door to China in 1972.    Is conflict over trade or the South China Seas or North Korea inevitable?

Laurie provides some unique perspectives.  He has been a regular visitor to China since 1978. He accompanied China Leader Deng Xiaoping to America in 1979.   He covered the brutal crackdown on Chinese students in 1989.

He produced documentary films on Chinese environmental protection in 2008.  He has travelled to North Korea    He has sailed the South China Seas, ridden trains across China, and visited Xinjiang and Tibet.

Laurie’s lecture is accompanied by video of some of these travels.



Laurie first went to Vietnam in April 1970 as a young reporter.   On April 30, 1975, he witnessed the communist takeover of Vietnam. Laurie was the only American television network correspondent to remain in the South Vietnamese capital after

The United States departure; staying in Vietnam for nearly a month afterwards.  He has been a frequent visitor to Vietnam since.   In 2017, Vietnam is again being considered.

A massive 10-part documentary series by Ken Burns debuts in September on PBS.   Frequent comparisons today are being made between the American War in Vietnam 1959 to 1975 and the 16 year long war in Afghanistan.

(Laurie reported from Afghanistan in 2001)  Laurie, in a talk accompanied by video from the era, speaks of the lasting impact of Vietnam, its history, and life in Vietnam today. 



Laurie offers a unique inside perspective on China’s effort to match its economic strength with a concerted effort to influence you. Not only you … but people all over the world from Nairobi to Manila.

As a consultant to China Central Television since 2009, Laurie has helped shape China’s media drive outside China; into the home of millions of Americans on line and on air.

The speaker traces the changes in China and its media since he first began covering the rising giant in 1978.  Is China becoming more free or more repressive?   What are the ambitions of President Xi Jinping? How do media shape our perception of China today.



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