Jake Holt
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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South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul last month. Park said she is willing to stand down early and would let parliament decide on her fate. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Vote To Impeach South Korea's President Expected This Week

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South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. South Korea's scandal-hit president said Tuesday she was willing leave office before the end of her term and would let parliament decide on her fate. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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More than a quarter of Japan's population is over the age of 65, and its birthrate is falling steadily. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Golden Years, Iron Bars: Japan Sees Rise In Crime By The Elderly

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How Uncertainty In The Korean Peninsula Could Be A 'Recipe for Disaster'

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South Koreans fill the streets of Seoul's city center Sunday, demanding President Park Geun-Hye step down. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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S. Korean President Named As A Criminal Suspect In Cronyism Scandal

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Prosecutors To Investigate South Korean President In Corruption Scandal

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Anti-government protesters hold placards calling for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye as they march towards the Gwanghwamun area of central Seoul on Saturday. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At Least 500,000 Seoul Protesters Demand Korean President Resign

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U.S. Navy servicemen see off the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington as it leaves the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, in 2015. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Japan And South Korea Rattled By Trump's Talk Of Closing U.S. Bases

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View From Asia: Reaction To Trump's White House Victory

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A South Korean protester carries a placard with images of South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil during a rally in downtown Seoul on Wednesday. The placard reads, "Park Geun-hye should step down." South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Choi on Wednesday over allegations of influence-peddling and other activities. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Her Job At Risk, S. Korea President Reshuffles Cabinet As Scandal Widens

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Anti-government protesters demonstrate as Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, appears at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office on Monday. Woohae Cho/Getty Images hide caption

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Pressure Mounts On S. Korean President Over Her Spiritual 'Puppetmaster'

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In this handout photo released by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye offers a public apology at the at the presidential blue house on October 25. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a unique, critically acclaimed phone before the company had to recall every unit, including those issued as allegedly safer replacements, over risks of smoke, fire and explosions. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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