Barboza was able to draw the attention from The New York Times by his investigative reporting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s academic papers being damaged by the university. Soon after that The New York Times interviewed him for a story and then offered him an internship at its bureau in Boston from 1986 to 1987. He worked at The New York Times for 6 years as a research assistant. Later in 1997, he became the staff writer of the paper. In November 2004, he got the role of Shanghai’s correspondent for The New York Times in China. He got the promotion to the Shanghai bureau chief after 4 years. He also speaks to the large crowds of students and other interested parties about his investigative reporting works and the key to the success.
The avid journalist is of American nationality and there is not any information provided about his ethnicity. His married Lynn Zhang and currently the couple are residing in Shanghai. Barboza might have met his wife in China while he was there for a professional purpose. He can fluently speak Mandarin.
His contribution to the journalism field made hi honored with many accolades including Business Journalist of the Year Awards, Grantham Prize, Gerald Loeb Award, etc. He received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting “for his striking exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government, including billions in secret wealth owned by relatives of the prime minister, well-documented work published in the face of heavy pressure from the Chinese officials.” The report became so controversial which resulted in a blocking of both the Chinese and English versions of The New York Times on the web from the government of China.
An honorable personality in journalism field still fears while writing story or reporting either he would make any mistakes. Anyways, he is living a respectful life earning an amazing figure of salary with his net worth of millions of dollars. He keeps updated to Twitter and has thousands of followers.