Anthony Kuhn
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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Beijing, China

Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Bejing, China, covering the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Throughout his coverage he has taken an interest in China's rich traditional culture and its impact on the current day. He has recorded the sonic calling cards of itinerant merchants in Beijing's back alleys, and the descendants of court musicians of the Tang Dynasty. He has profiled petitioners and rights lawyers struggling for justice, and educational reformers striving to change the way Chinese think.

From 2010-2013, Kuhn was NPR's Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Among other stories, he explored Borneo and Sumatra, and witnessed the fight to preserve the biodiversity of the world's oldest forests. He also followed Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, as she rose from political prisoner to head of state.

During a previous tour in China from 2006-2010, Kuhn covered the Beijing Olympics, and the devastating Sichuan earthquake that preceded it. He looked at life in the heart of Lhasa, Tibet's capital, and the recovery of Japan's northeast coast after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Kuhn served as NPR's correspondent in London from 2004-2005, covering stories including the London subway bombings, and the marriage of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Besides his major postings, Kuhn's journalistic horizons have been expanded by various short-term assignments. These produced stories including wartime black humor in Iraq, musical diplomacy by the New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, North Korea, a kerfuffle over the plumbing in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Pakistani artists' struggle with religious extremism in Lahore, and the Syrian civil war's spillover into neighboring Lebanon.

Previous to joining NPR, Kuhn wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review and freelanced for various news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. He majored in French Literature as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, and later did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.

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In Japan, Pence Talks Trade And North Korea's Threat To The Region

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News Brief: Trump Executive Order, Pence In Japan, Sears In Trouble

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Vice President Pence Sends Warning To North Korea Amid Rising Tensions

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Ming lives in this mud brick home, three miles outside Beijing city limits. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Beijing Mega-Region Plan Aims To Alleviate Poverty, But Some Are Wary

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump shake hands during dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6, during the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Magazines at a Beijing newsstand show images of President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders are meeting at Mar-a-Lago Thursday and Friday. Nicola Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Xi Jinping Seeks Cooperation With U.S. Ahead Of China's Leadership Transition

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Yu Huan, 22, was sentenced in February to life in prison in the Liaocheng Intermediate People's Court in China's Shandong Province. He stabbed a debt collector, who later died of his wounds. VCG/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Wang Fei, 35, from southwest China's Chongqing region, drove cars for Didi Chuxing, China's main ride-hailing service, from last July until January, when new local rules banned out-of-town cars and drivers, and Didi cut bonuses to drivers. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In China, As In The U.S., The Fight Over Ride Hailing Is Local

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Farmer Arif Subandi surveys scorched peat lands near his house in the village of Punggur Kecil in West Kalimantan Province on Borneo. Yosef Riadi for NPR hide caption

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Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on March 18, 2017 in Beijing, China. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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A video of NPR Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn asking a question about a policy to expand the Beijing region got 5 million views on Weibo, China's answer to Twitter. CCTV hide caption

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Pollution has driven some families to leave Beijing. A group of Chinese lawyers is suing the governments of Beijing and its surrounding areas for not doing enough to get rid of the smog. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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For Some In China's Middle Class, Pollution Is Spurring Action

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