Muyi Xiao


Muyi Xiao is a reporter and video producer in The New York Times Visual Investigations team, which combines traditional reporting with advanced digital forensics. She is a reporter on a Visual Investigations video about Xinjiang’s labor transfer program, which was part of The New York Times' Pulitzer finalist-named coverage on China's oppression on Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.

Muyi Xiao has previously worked for ChinaFile, Tencent News and Reuters, covering China from both inside and outside its borders. In 2019, she co founded Chinese Storytellers, a community serving and elevating Chinese professionals in the global media industry. 

Muyi Xiao started to cover China from 2012. She has reported on feature stories including China’s railway project in Africa, fake girlfriend renting, child marriages, and a banned religious group called 'Almighty God.' In 2017, she came to New York City to work as the visuals editor at ChinaFile. She collaborated with numerous photographers and filmmakers to develop projects about China, and wrote articles to accompany their visual work.

In 2015, Muyi Xiao was awarded the Magnum Foundation/NYU's Photography and Human Rights Fellowship. Later, she was admitted into the International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program where she explored more creative and innovative forms of storytelling. 

Muyi Xiao was the executive producer of the film Down from the Mountains, which was awarded 1st prize in the Long Form category of the 2018 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. She has been a jury member for the Open Society Foundation Moving Walls 25, and the 2019 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.

Muyi Xiao on Social Media: 
Instagram: @muyixiaonyt
Twitter: @muyixiao

Muyi Xiao

Photo credit: Miles Goscha