J. Christopher Beam
2011-2012 Luce Scholar
Placement: Caixin Media Beijing, China
Christopher Beam is a reporter for Slate Magazine in Washington, D.C., where he has covered politics since 2006. In 2008, he was Slate's presidential campaign blogger. Since then he has covered health care reform, financial regulatory reform, and the 2010 mid-term elections. He contributes regularly to the "Explainer" column, and writes the bi-weekly feature "Barack Obama's Facebook Feed." In 2010, he traveled to Kandahar, Afghanistan, to write a series about American military police and the Afghan National Police. Most recently, he has begun covering crime for Slate. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, The New Republic, and The New York Times Book Review. He graduated from Columbia University in 2006 and grew up in Newton, Mass.