Jaime FlorCruz working the China beat

Jaime FlorCruz, CNN Beijing bureau chief, talks about life of a foreign correspondent in China in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The 57 year old FlorCruz has been based in China for the past seven years,

“It took time and effort to overcome professional and nationality-related barriers, to stare down political biases and racial stereotypes … I did not hold an Ivy League degree, I did not attend journalism school and English was not my mother tongue,” FlorCruz said. According to him, CNN took a risk when it offered him the job in 2001. But the 24-hour Cable News Network believed in him and his expertise that it whisked him to New York for voice coaching. “They said, ‘Go, you’ll learn TV while doing it,’” he recounted. link