Simina is a China correspondent for dpa, the German Press Agency, covering politics, social issues, the environment, health care and human rights, among other things.
She started out as a reporter in Bucharest, Romania, covering business and writing long-form features for magazines. She followed her passion for nonfiction writing by way of a Fulbright scholarship to the U.S. and earned a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. She wrote and edited for the Columbia Missourian, The Wichita Eagle, and finally, for The Oregonian, where she covered breaking news and local politics.
In 2015, she moved to Beijing, where she also freelances for publications such as Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Quartz and the South China Morning Post.
She loves to write stories that explore both people's inner lives and the impact of social and economic systems and policies. She looks for sparkles at the confluence of awareness and society.
Like any respectable Beijing writer, she lives in a hutong (traditional alley) home with her partner and the couple's dog and cat.
Books soothe her. She calls them "her babies." In fact, 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.