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Elise Hu
Jake Holt

Elise Hu

International Correspondent, Seoul, South Korea

Elise Hu is an award-winning correspondent assigned to NPR's newest international bureau, in Seoul, South Korea. She's responsible for covering geopolitics, business and life in both Koreas and Japan. She previously covered the intersection of technology and culture for the network's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

Hu joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu has taught digital journalism at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools and serves as a guest co-host for TWIT.tv's program, Tech News Today. She's also an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

Elise Hu can be reached by e-mail at ehu (at) npr (dot) org as well as via the social media links, above.

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Video: Japan Created Easy-To-Swallow Foods To Prevent Senior Choking Deaths

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A shelter sign is displayed at the entrance to a subway station in Seoul on Wednesday, a day after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. Subway stations are designated as shelters in case of aerial bombardment, part of the city's response to the threat posed by North Korea. But many Seoul residents take the threat in stride. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Calm In Seoul As The North Korea Question Grows More Urgent

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South Korean soldiers in Seoul walk by a TV news program showing a file image of a missile being test-launched. North Korea on Tuesday test-launched another ballistic missile in the direction of Japan, U.S. and South Korean officials said. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Tillerson Confirms North Korea Missile An ICBM, Calls For Global Action

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Video: Japan's 'Purikura' Photo Booths Offer Snapchat-Like Filters

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In Trump Meeting With South Korean Leader, A Chance To Reaffirm 'Ironclad' Ties

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Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president, (center) will meet with President Trump on Thursday and Friday. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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What To Expect From The White House Summit With South Korea's Leader

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Video: K-Pop Dance Routines Are A Workout For Body And Brain

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WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

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Video: That Time We Tried Pore Vacuuming In South Korea

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Video: Animal Cafes Are Cool, But Does A Raccoon Cafe Go Too Far?

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