The Information Forms Asia Bureau; Hires Shai Oster as Bureau Chief

Increased In-Depth Asia Coverage in Response to High Subscriber Demand

SAN FRANCISCO--()--The Information, the news source and community for original, in-depth reporting about technology, today announces the addition of Shai Oster as its first Asia Bureau Chief, based in Hong Kong. Prior coverage of technology companies in China, including Google’s possible re-entry into the Chinese market, and the importance of WeChat in nearly every facet of Chinese life, has demonstrated that The Information’s subscribers want to better understand the Asian market. Asia is one of the fastest-growing regions for The Information subscriptions.

Shai joins The Information after reporting on venture capital and technology in China for Bloomberg, where he had earlier been an investigative reporter. Prior to this, Shai reported from China on behalf of the Wall Street Journal, and he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting about the effects of China’s capitalism boom on inequality.

“Leading technology and finance executives among our subscribers tell us that they want to understand the Asian market better,” said Jessica Lessin, founder and CEO of The Information. “Shai is a legendary reporter whose unmatched knowledge of the market and talent for breaking major stories will deliver the insightful coverage on China that our subscribers need.”

“Technology is an important part of the business narrative in the West,” said Shai Oster, Asia bureau chief for The Information. “But in Asia, tech is actually reshaping what people do. Covering the only other region that’s creating new billion-dollar startups will also provide great fodder for business stories with deep social consequences. The Information has quickly established itself as the Silicon Valley CEO’s and venture capitalist’s must-read while also building a viable business model to sustain in-depth reporting.”

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About Shai Oster:

Shai Oster is the Asia bureau chief for The Information, based in Hong Kong, where he will cover technology companies in Asia. Over nearly two decades as a journalist in China, Europe, and the U.S., he has covered a broad range of economic, business and social issues. Oster was previously reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News in Asia. In 2013, he won his second Asia Society Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize and George Polk Award for his role in Bloomberg’s groundbreaking coverage that for the first time documented the fortunes amassed by China’s leaders.

Before joining Bloomberg, Oster was a Beijing and Hong Kong-based correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering energy and the environment. In 2008, he was the recipient of both the George Polk Award for environmental reporting and Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Award for a series of stories exposing environmental problems linked to China’s Three Gorges Dam project. He was also part of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for International Reporting on China for reports on the adverse impact of China’s growth.

Previously, he covered OPEC for Dow Jones Newswires in London and served as Beijing bureau chief for Asiaweek magazine. His first job in China was as a copy editor at China Daily, the official English-language newspaper in Beijing.

A graduate of the Columbia University Journalism School, Oster was born in Jerusalem and speaks Hebrew, French and Chinese.

About The Information:

The Information is committed to original reporting and in-depth analysis of the technology industry. Based in San Francisco and founded in 2013 by award-winning former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin, The Information has become one of the most influential voices in technology news. The subscription-only, advertising-free business model allows the team of leading journalists to deliver value that subscribers are willing to purchase. Subscribers engage with a community that offers unprecedented access to high-level technology executives, leading venture capitalists and industry luminaries through events, conference calls and a subscriber-only Slack channel.


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