Patrick Winn is an award-winning investigative journalist who covers crime and black markets in Southeast Asia. He enters the worlds of guerrillas and vigilantes to mine stories that might otherwise go ignored.
Winn has received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (also known as the ‘poor man’s Pulitzer’) and a National Press Club award. He’s also a three-time winner of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Press Awards among other prizes.
His writing and short documentaries have appeared in or on The New York Times, NBC News, the BBC, The Atlantic, NPR and many other outlets. He is a co-creator of the film Hope Frozen, which will screen at international documentary festivals in 2018.
Winn has served as a consultant for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN. Working closely with the show’s director, he selected people, locations and food featured on the debut episode in Myanmar. The episode won multiple Emmys.
Winn is currently Public Radio International’s Asia correspondent. He appears on PRI’s The World, a BBC co-production. The show is broadcast on more than 300 NPR stations across America to reach roughly three million listeners each week.
Winn was raised in Eden, a dwindling North Carolina factory town that once manufactured carpets and beer. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003 with a journalism degree. His early reportage explored economic decay in the American south and crime within the US military.
Since 2008, Winn has lived in Bangkok and reported almost exclusively on Southeast Asia. He reads and speaks Thai — and occasionally sings it, badly, in upcountry karaoke bars.