Jennifer Pak is Marketplace’s China correspondent based in Shanghai. She tells stories that explain how America is connected to the world's second largest economy.
She trained as a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in her hometown of Calgary before heading to Beijing in 2006. Jennifer arrived without many journalism contacts but quickly set up her own news bureau. Since then, she has worked as a TV, radio and digital producer and reporter primarily in China and Malaysia for several outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Jennifer was part of the first team of western journalists to reach the worst affected area in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and covered the Beijing Olympics. She was the primary BBC reporter covering the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014.
When Jennifer got her first job at a radio station in northern Alberta, she drove a half-ton pickup truck to fit in. She’s been trying to offset that carbon footprint ever since by taking public transport and cycling in China.
Jennifer speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and gets by just fine in French and Spanish.
Wherever she travels, Jennifer likes to roam the grocery stores to see what people are eating.Twitter: @jpak25