Dan Southerland, Executive Editor


Dan SoutherlandRFA’s Executive Editor, monitors day-to-day reporting by RFA language services and is responsible for long-term editorial projects, planning, and quality control. He also has oversight of RFA Online and RFA's newsroom and news research functions.

Dan spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Asia, based in Tokyo, Saigon, Hong Kong, and Beijing. He was The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Beijing from 1985-90 and covered the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Dan worked previously for The Christian Science Monitor, covering the Vietnam War, conflicts in Cambodia and Laos, the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, the India-Pakistan War of 1971, and the fall of Saigon in 1975. As the Monitor’s diplomatic correspondent, he covered five U.S. Secretaries of State and traveled to more than 40 countries.

In the summer of 1996, Dan switched from print to broadcast media and helped to start Radio Free Asia.