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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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TV screens in Seoul, South Korea, show images Wednesday of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Chemical Weapon Found On Body Of North Korean Leader's Half-Brother

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Noor Rashid Ibrahim (left) of the Royal Malaysian Police speaks about one of the North Korean suspects, with Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat looking on, in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malaysian police officers stand outside Putrajaya Hospital, outside Kuala Lumpur, where the body of Kim Jong Un's brother was initially brought. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Second Suspect Arrested In Death Of N. Korean Dictator's Half-Brother

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Kim Jong Nam, eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, in Beijing in 2007. He died Monday, according to South Korean intelligence. The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images hide caption

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N. Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Is Dead. But Why?

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North Korean soldiers in a mass military parade at Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang on Oct. 10, 2015. North Korea conducted its first missile test of the year Sunday morning. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korea Test-Fires First Missile During Trump's Presidency

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Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrives to speak to reporters following a meeting with Donald Trump in November. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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In Talks With Trump, Japan's Shinzo Abe Will Seek To Smooth Economic Tensions

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President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis speak on Inauguration Day. Mattis travels to South Korea and Japan this week in the administration's first major foreign trip. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The 'America First' President Sends His Defense Secretary To Asia

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North Korean Defector: Information Flow Will Help Bring Down Kim Jong Un

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Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung, arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on January 18. A judge said there wasn't enough evidence for his arrest on bribery charges. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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J.Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives at the office of the independent counsel last Thursday in Seoul, South Korea. Prosecutors are now seeking an arrest warrant for Lee. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Arrest Warrant Sought For Samsung Heir In S. Korean Presidential Bribery Scandal

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Women Are Making Their Voices Heard In Male-Dominated Japanese Politics

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Workers in Seoul's Yongsan ward office wait in a parking garage for an all-clear sign during a recent air raid drill. Concerned about a possible attack by North Korea, the South Koreans hold the drills twice a year. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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In S. Korea, Air Raid Drills Are A Reminder Of N. Korean Threat

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The Asiatic black bear is now an endangered species, after being captured in the wild and farmed for its bile. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Bears That Inspired 'Adorable' Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

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South Korea Welcomes 2017 With More Political Uncertainty

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