Jia Guorong was born in China in 1954. He is a senior reporter and editorial advisory board member at China News Service (CNS). He studied the Chinese language and joined China News Service after graduating in 1983. Later, in 1986, he became a photojournalist.
Jia was appointed director of CNS’ photo department in 1995. The following year, he was a correspondent in Hong Kong and Macao in 1996. He was the chief correspondent for the agency’s Los Angeles bureau in 2004. Jia has been awarded several international awards, including China’s Sports Photography Special Prize, four China News Awards, two World Press Photo awards, and eight silver and bronze medals for the China’s Annual Photojournalism Award. In 2013, he was a judge in the annual China International Press Photo Contest.
Jia has covered the floods and the Sichuan earthquake in China, the SARS crisis and Japan’s tsunami relief.