Simon Denyer, a journalist with The Washington Post, is one of the most honored journalists in the country. After working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters for almost two decades, Denyer won a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for covering the global impact of climate change and its devastating effect on fisheries off Japan. In an interview with Shihoko Goto, Denyer talks about the deeply personal factors behind his award-winning work.
Of all the remarkable journalists who have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, Denyer has had the most massive impact not just in Japan, but on the rest of the world. In a time when journalism in many countries, even democracies like Japan, is facing unprecedented criticism, Simon Denyer’s quiet and effective contributions stand out. As the Post foreign correspondent, he has traveled the world covering stories ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic and the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Simon Denyer is focused on the effects of climate change across the world. In a special project for The Washington Post, he investigated the way climate change is changing the heart of the Pacific Ocean and connecting it to fish stocks along Japan’s northern Pacific coast. With a combination of pictures and video, the stories in this project are a snapshot of the lives of people who are struggling with the impacts of climate change in remote and isolated fishing villages.
While at The Post, Denyer shared in the Washington Post Pulitzer Prize for international reporting of the Iran-Contra Affair. His lengthy career has been marked by a dynamic ability to find unique voices and interesting subjects while chasing the big story. Simon Denyer won a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for a series of articles in which he revealed Chinese plans to build submarines in secret. He spent nine years reporting from Asia, documenting the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the early 2000s, the rise of the Chinese military, and the continuing struggle of Japanese citizens in Okinawa. Simon Denyer’s: Facebook Page.