Katie Stallard-Blanchette is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, writing about the political use of wartime history in Russia, China, and North Korea.
Previously based in Moscow and Beijing as a foreign correspondent for British broadcaster Sky News, she has reported from more than twenty countries, covering conflicts, natural disasters, revolution, and some of the world’s most repressive regimes.
From Beijing, she reported extensively on North Korea, travelling to Pyongyang, the DMZ, and the China-North Korea border, and covering multiple missile and nuclear tests. She travelled out into the disputed waters of the South China Sea (on a wooden fishing boat), into the mountains of Myanmar (on a motorbike), and to Marawi in the southern Philippines, where she broadcast under sniper fire from ISIS-linked militants.
During her time in Russia, she led the channel’s coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, covering the Maidan revolution in Kiev, the annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Originally from the Scottish Highlands, Katie also likes to take on foot-based endurance challenges her friends think are bonkers, and has so far run marathons, ultramarathons, or triathlons in Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, Taiwan, the DMZ, and across a frozen lake in Siberia.