Yuri Nagano 永野百合

Yuri Nagano is an American digital journalist reporting in both print and broadcast. Using her native-level Japanese skills (both spoken and written), she has reported from Tokyo for major U.S. news organizations including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and the Associated Press for more than a decade, covering everything from business, politics to sports.

Born in Tokyo, she grew up in both Northern and Southern California (San Francisco and Los Angeles area) from age two. Nagano majored in Japanese Art History at the University of Tokyo. Hoping to make art documentaries, she joined the public network of Japan, NHK, as a TV programs producer. There, she fell in love with the world of journalism.

After obtaining a master’s degree in journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, Nagano moved on to the world of start-up journalism in Silicon Valley. This first foray failed, but she learned from the experience and has been reporting for various news organizations – large and small – since. She finds relaying relevant information to the public and giving stories context, especially complicated ones like the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor crisis, meaningful. Nagano has been most affected by the words of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whom she interviewed for a biography on how to be successful. In essence, Gates said: Find out what you’re good at and do a lot of it.

Nagano has reported for Bloomberg Industry Group, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, International New York Times, The Economist, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Public Radio International, Voice of America, KQED-FM’s “The California Report” and many other news organizations.

Nagano is actively involved as a board member of the Asia chapter at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Asia), a non-profit journalism group with about 200 members in the local chapter and 1600 members globally. She has been a leader there since 2010 — growing the Tokyo subchapter ten fold from just 4, 5 members — and co-organizer for many networking and speaker gatherings and larger local events including the 2012 AAJA-Asia Tokyo Weekend mini-conference, AAJA-Asia Tokyo resume critique and panel2013 AAJA-Asia Tokyo Weekend mini-conference, 2014 AAJA Asia Uplink and AAJA-Asia New.Now.Next Media Conference in 2013, 20142015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

She is currently based out of San Francisco. She likes practicing hot yoga, hiking in the mountains and strolling through art museums during her down time.