Biography of Bay Fang
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bay Fang assumed her current position as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in December 2011. In this capacity, she oversees public diplomacy and public affairs.
Ms. Fang comes from an 11-year career in journalism. She was most recently the Diplomatic Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to that, she covered the wars in Afghanistan (2001-2002) and Iraq (2003-2004) for US News and World Report magazine. She started her career in journalism as the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News and World Report, where she won the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award in 1999 for her story “China’s Stolen Wives.”
Ms. Fang spent a year with the State Department in southern Afghanistan, where she served as a senior communications advisor (2009-2010). She spent the past year as a visiting fellow at Oxford University, where she wrote and spoke about covering conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ms. Fang earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a brown belt in kung fu.