Audra Ang is a Beijing-based correspondent for The Associated Press. From 2002-2009, she covered disasters, disease and dissent while chronicling breakneck social and economic changes within China. Her assignments have led her to sleep in rat-infested hotel rooms, climb earthquake rubble seven stories high, interview monks in the shadows of Tibetan monasteries and scour chicken farms during outbreaks of bird flu. Ang has also reported from other parts of the region, including North Korea, Mongolia, the Philippines and Afghanistan. Ang is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she received degrees in psychology and creative writing. She started as a reporter with the AP in Seattle and worked on the national editing desk in New York before being posted to China. She was a 2010 fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar, a 2010 fellow at the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and a 2010 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. Ang grew up in Singapore and is obsessed with food.