Bob Davis has covered most every big economic story of the past 40 years including the rise of China, the challenge from Japan and the global financial crisis. Along the way, he covered the Gulf War and the space program and was posted overseas in China and Europe. He was part of a team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Russian financial crisis.
In 2022, Davis retired from the Wall Street Journal as a senior editor in Washington DC after decades at the newspaper. He continues to write for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, The Wire China and other publications.
His 2020 book, “Superpower Showdown,” with Lingling Wei on the U.S.-China trade and economic battles was chosen by Book Authority as one of the top economy books of the year. Business Week called an earlier book on the U.S. economy, "Prosperity," with David Wessel, one of the year's 10 best business books.
In 2016, Davis traveled around the U.S. examining the economic and social changes behind the Trump and Sanders phenomenon. He won a SABEW, Best in the Business Award, for a series of stories based on that work.
From 2011 through 2014, he covered the Chinese economy from Beijing and traveled widely throughout China. He and his wife wrote an e-book in 2015 for the Wall Street Journal based on their experiences, called "Beijing from A-to-Z."
In 2000, he was awarded the Raymond Clapper award for Washington reporting for coverage of White House negotiations with China over the World Trade Organization. A year earlier, he was part of a team of Journal reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the Russian financial crisis.