Born and raised in Beijing, Wufei Yu is a bilingual journalist and freelance researcher/fact-checker based in New Mexico.
Wufei has written for The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Rolling Stone, NBC News, Eurasianet, South China Morning Post, Searchlight New Mexico, Initium Media, and more, mostly focusing on nature & environment, sports, outdoor adventures, and everything related to China and the Chinese diaspora. His on-the-ground reporting usually coordinates with visuals snapped by his DSLR, gimbal&action cam, and smartphone. He also produces human-interest web docs and photo essays.
In 2019, when Wufei was 23, his sports writing earned him AIPS (International Sports Press Association) Top 15 Young Reporter Under 30 in Writing, ranked 2nd in Asia. He is an alum of Columbia Journalism School and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Peking University. Before J-school, he was a news researcher at NBC News Beijing Bureau.
His wanderlust and craze for the outdoors have brought him to 37 countries. In his spare time, Wufei can be caught rock climbing indoors or outdoors, road running while listening to decades-old Backstreet Boys tracks, watching archival episodes of Bryant Gumbel's Real Sports, or scoping his 38th destination.