Correspondent, NBC News

Jo Ling Kent

Jo Ling Kent is a correspondent at NBC News covering business, technology and the economy. In just the past months, Kent spoke with a former YouTube employee to reveal the secrets of the platform’s algorithm in an exclusive interview, chased Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg down the hallways of Congress, interviewed Facebook and Google whistle-blowers – one of whom called Facebook “a living, breathing crime scene for what happened in the 2016 election” – and scored an exclusive first look at Amazon’s new Echo edition for kids. She covers all aspects of tech giants’ influence on our daily lives, recently reporting from Facebook’s annual F8 conference.

Previously, Kent was a reporter at Fox Business Network and an investigative reporter at NBC Connecticut, where she won a Peabody for her team’s coverage of the Newtown school shooting.

Kent reported for NBC News on the campaign trail in 2012, covering the presidential election as an embed reporter.

For five years, Kent worked in China: first as a Fulbright Scholar focusing on women’s rights, then as a Beijing-based journalist for ABC News and CNN.

Kent has earned two master’s degrees in international affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University, along with a BA from Rice University. She’s from Minnesota, fluent in Mandarin and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.