Craig S. Smith

For articles on people named Craig Smith, see Craig Smith (disambiguation).

Craig S. Smith is an American journalist. Until January, 2000, he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, most notably covering the rise of the religious movement Falun Gong in China. He joined The New York Times as Shanghai bureau chief in 2000 and wrote extensively about the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners in China. In 2002 he moved to Paris. He has reported for the Times in more than forty countries, from Iraq to Israel to Kyrgyzstan and covered the 2005 unrest in the French banlieues. In 2008, he joined Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li Tzar Kai's financial news venture as executive editor and subsequently became senior vice president of Li's Pacific Century Group. He rejoined The New York Times in late 2011 as China managing director.

He is married to Anna Esaki, daughter of Nobel laureate Dr. Leo Esaki, and they have two sons named Sky and True.


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