David Wertime

Senior Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

General Information

Washington, DC
Afternoons and evenings


David Wertime is a Senior Editor at WashingtonDC-based Foreign Policy magazine,where he manages its China section, Tea Leaf Nation, which focuses on social media, citizen sentiment, and U.S.-China relations. While at FP, he haslaunched two new miniseries and the publication’s first-ever Chinese-languagearticles. David is a frequent speaker and commenter on China issues, and has testified about Chinese media freedom before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

In 2011, David co-founded Tea Leaf Nation as a private media company; it was acquired in 2013 by FP’s parent company. Prior tothat, David practiced corporate and securities law at Cravath, Swaine &Moore in New York and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Hong Kong.

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (China), David is a Truman Security Fellow and co-director of the Truman Project’s Asia expert group, a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. A native of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, David has completed several marathons and volunteers atWashington, DC-based non-profit So Others Might Eat. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and B.A. magna cum laude from YaleCollege.