Chenyue Yang was born and raised in northwestern China. She earned a B.A. in Arabic from Shanghai International Studies University and was awarded a national scholarship to study one year at Kuwait University in 2007. Chenyue worked at CCTV (the Chinese state television station) for nine years, four of them as a Middle East correspondent. She was posted to Baghdad in 2010 and reported breaking news and major events in Iraq, including the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War, the ISIS capture of Fallujah, and the 2014 parliamentary election. She also reported on the Arab Spring in Libya, Syria and Yemen. She also reported on Syrian refugees from Jordan, Iraq, Turkey borders in a span of three years, recording the changes in refugee living conditions and refugee policies of different neighboring countries. Chenyue also managed the CCTV reporting team in the Middle East and established several bureaus in the Middle East. At Yale, Chenyue aims to learn more about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East regions and global counterterrorism policy.