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Andrew Jacobs is an American correspondent for The New York Times.

Andrew Jacobs
ResidenceBeijing, China
EducationNew York University
EmployerThe New York Times
Known forDirected and produced Four Seasons Lodge (2008), a documentary
Home townSouth Orange, New Jersey

Jacobs has been based in Beijing, China, since April 2008, covering the country for The New York Times. He is also the director and producer of a 2008 documentary, Four Seasons Lodge.


Early lifeEdit

Jacobs, who is Jewish and one of three children, was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Martin G. Jacobs, a nephrologist, and Barbara Jacobs.[1][2][3] His sisters are Wendy, a county commissioner in Durham, North Carolina, and Ellen, a psychotherapist in Manhattan, New York City.[3] He grew up in South Orange, New Jersey.[4] He graduated from Columbia High School, and from New York University, where he studied architecture and urban design.[2][4][5][6]

In 1989, Jacobs was an English teacher at Hubei University in Wuhan, China.[2][7] He served as press secretary for Tom Duane during his successful run for the New York City Council in 1991.[2]

Journalism careerEdit

Jacobs contributed to the Associated Press, Village Voice, and New York Newsday during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.[2] Later, he served as editor of Manhattan Spirit and Our Town, founded and was news editor of QW magazine, and edited a number of New York City newsweeklies, including The Brooklyn Phoenix and The Villager.[2][8][9]

He began writing for The New York Times in 1995.[10][11] He has reported for various New York Times desks, including National, Business, Culture, and Styles.[10] Since April 2008, he is a New York Times correspondent in Beijing, China.[10][11] His writing focuses on Chinese politics, including Uighur-Han Chinese relations, Chen Guangcheng's escape, and the loss of power of Bo Xilai.[7][12]


In 2002, he was part of a team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the September 11 attacks in Manhattan.[2][10] In 2009, Jacobs was part of a team of reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting related to the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.[13]

In 2009, the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) acknowledged his coverage of the government's crackdown on dissent during the Beijing Olympics entitled "In the Shadow of the Olympics" with an honorable mention in the category Excellence in Human Rights Reporting.[14][15] In 2010, SOPA acknowledged him and several other New York Times writers with the Award for Excellence in the category Excellence in Feature Writing for “Uneasy Engagement,” a 10-part series that explored China's growing influence in the world.[10][14] In 2011, he and a group of New York Times reporters were finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award, for their reporting on Google's clash with the Chinese government over censorship issues.[10][16]

Film careerEdit

Jacobs directed and produced Four Seasons Lodge, a feature-length 2008 documentary shot two years prior.[1][4][5][17][18][19] It is about a group of elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors spending the summer at a 44-acre (180,000 m2) vacation bungalow colony in Ellenville in the Catskills in upstate New York prior to the property being sold.[1][4][5][11][18][20][21] The documentary is based material he wrote for a series in the New York Times "Metro" section.[1][4][5][11][18][20][21]

Rather than interviewing the participants, Jacobs filmed them interacting with one another.[22][23] Academy Award-nominated Albert Maysles was one of four cinematographers who worked on the film.[1][5][11][18][20] They shot 250 hours of film to create the 97-minute documentary.[19]

The film opened at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2008.[1] It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Miami Jewish Film Festival.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Tim Murphy (October 17, 2008). "Documentarian Andrew Jacobs on Partying With Holocaust Survivors at the 'Four Seasons Lodge'". Vulture.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Four Seasons Lodge; A documentary film by Andrew Jacobs", First Run Features
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Martin G. Jacobs Obituary". The Star-Ledger. February 13, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Haley Sweetland Edwards (March 27, 2009). "A Homegrown Director who had to tell this Story" Archived June 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, The New York Times
  5. ^ a b c d e Marilyn Silverstein (February 6, 2007). "A season of survival; A journalist's film-in-progress celebrates life after the Holocaust". New Jersey Jewish News. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Four Seasons Lodge; Filmmaker Bios – Andrew Jacobs, Director". First Run Features.
  7. ^ a b "Andrew Jacobs". ChinaFile.
  8. ^ Ed Gold (March 23, 2010). "Joe Jr. was a diner with that extra-special flavor". The Villager.
  9. ^ "Isis Venture Partners sells Manhattan Newspaper Group to Straus News", February 1, 2013
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times Speaks at USALI". US-Asia Law Institute. December 2, 2014. Archived from the original on May 8, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "A Fine Revenge: The Four Seasons Lodgers Live to Tell – Roll Stage & Screen: Creative Living in the Hudson Valley". Roll Magazine.
  12. ^ Barbie Zelizer, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (2014). Journalism and Memory. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1137263946.
  13. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – 2009 — Breaking News Reporting; Spitzer Wrestles Over Response, Paralyzing Albany".
  14. ^ a b "The SOPA 2010 Awards for Editorial Excellence". p. 19. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  15. ^ "The SOPA 2009 Awards for Editorial Excellence",, p. 19
  16. ^ "Gerald Loeb Awards Finalists for 2011". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "The Filmmakers: Four Seasons Lodge".
  18. ^ a b c d Ella Taylor (November 10, 2009). "In the Catskills, Holocaust Survivors Forge a Bond", The New York Times.
  19. ^ a b Nathan Burstein (November 23, 2009). "Life goes on at Four Seasons Lodge". The Jerusalem Post.
  20. ^ a b c "Home Away From Home; A new documentary chronicles the end of the road for Holocaust survivors' Catskills bungalow colony". Tablet Magazine. November 12, 2009.
  21. ^ a b Andrew Jacobs (September 8, 2005). "Where 80 Is Young, All Friends Are Old Friends", The New York Times.
  22. ^ Iris Mann (December 3, 2009). "Winter Treasures on Screen – Holiday Preview". Jewish Journal.
  23. ^ Michelle Orange (December 10, 2014). "Movie Reviews: Broken Embraces, Paa, A Single Man, Armored". LA Weekly.

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