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CBS News Correspondent Weijia Jiang Reflects on Growing Up In West Virginia, Being An 'Other' 


Weijia Jiang was born in China but immigrated to Buckhannon in Upshur County when she was a child. Today, she is the White House Correspondent for CBS News in Washington, D.C.

She is currently writing a book titled “Other” about her life growing up in West Virginia and her professional life since then.

Eric Douglas spoke with her by Zoom from the White House Press Room.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

Douglas: Let's talk about how you came to West Virginia. I know you were born in China, but moved here when you were two. How did that all come about?

Jiang: I was born in China and then my dad was applying to graduate schools in the U.S. And he got a scholarship at WVU. So he brought our family there, and we never left, because I think he just fell in love with the landscape and the beauty of West Virginia. So we settled down there, and that's where I grew up and graduated from high school.

Catch the full interview from WV Public Broadcasting