Born and raised in Beijing, Wufei Yu is a bilingual journalist based in New Mexico. He often reports on sports, outdoor adventures, the American West, and everything related to China.
Now a Virginia Spencer Davis fellow at High Country News, Wufei has written for The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Rolling Stone, South China Morning Post, SupChina, Searchlight New Mexico, Eurasianet, and more. His on-the-ground reporting usually coordinates with visuals snapped by his DSLR, gimbal&action cam, and smartphone. He also edits a bi-weekly newsletter for Chinese Storytellers.
Wufei's feature for Outside Magazine about how an ancient Chinese village transformed into a climbing hub in the pandemic earned him a 2020 AIPS (International Sports Press Association) Special Award on Sports in COVID-19 and made him one of the Top 5 in the 2020 AIPS Young Reporter Under 30 in Writing category (1st in Asia). Also, his series of investigations into a marijuana scam in the American Southwest that duped thousands of Chinese immigrant workers won 1st place in 2021 Best of the West for Investigative Reporting.
Wufei's wanderlust and craze for the outdoors have brought led to 37 countries. In his spare time, he can be caught rock climbing in the gym or outdoors, road running while listening to decades-old Backstreet Boys tracks, or scoping his 38th destination for post-pandemic roaming.