Elise Hu Elise Hu is NPR's Seoul correspondent.
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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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North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

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In Hokkaido, Being In North Korea's Missile Flight Path Means Cold War-Era Drills

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News Brief: North Korean Nukes, Trump's Response, Harvey's Toxic Effects

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World Leaders Condemn North Korean Nuclear Test

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The government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un conducted two nuclear tests last year. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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North Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test

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Japan Is On High Alert After North Korea Missile Launch

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Supporters of South Korea's ousted president, Park Geun-hye, wave national flags during a rally demanding the release of Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong outside the Seoul Central District Court on Friday. Lee's corruption trial was linked to the scandal that brought down the former president. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Samsung Case Mark A Turning Point For South Korean Business Ties To Government?

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What A Tech Leader's Corruption Conviction Means For Samsung And South Korea

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Fresh Threats From Pyongyang As Joint Military Exercise Begins

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Reactions Out Of China And Guam Over Exchanges Between U.S. And North Korea

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