Simina is a China correspondent for dpa, the German Press Agency, covering politics, the economy, human rights and the environment, among other issues. She is also a contributor to publications including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Forbes and Al Jazeera.

Her work documenting the Chinese government's crackdown on ethnic minorities in Xinjiang has won an Online Journalism Award, an Amnesty Media International Award and has been nominated for an EMMY in the category news and documentary.

 

Before moving to Beijing, in 2015, she covered local government in Portland, Ore. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Books soothe her. She learned to read when she was 3 years old by looking over the shoulder of her sister, who was in first grade. She has no memory of a world without stories.