Frank Langfitt
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Frank Langfitt

International Correspondent, London

Frank Langfitt is NPR's London correspondent. He covers the UK and Ireland, as well as stories elsewhere in Europe. Previously, Langfitt spent five years as an NPR correspondent covering China. Based in Shanghai, he drove a free taxi around the city for a series on a changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. As part of the series, Langfitt drove passengers back to the countryside for Chinese New Year and served as a wedding chauffeur. He also helped a Chinese-American NPR listener hunt for her missing sister in the mountains of Yunnan province.

While in China, Langfitt also reported on the government's infamous black jails — secret detention centers — as well as his own travails taking China's driver's test, which he failed three times.

Before moving to Shanghai, Langfitt was NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi. He reported from Sudan, covered the civil war in Somalia and interviewed imprisoned Somali pirates, who insisted they were just misunderstood fishermen. During the Arab spring, Langfitt covered the uprising and crushing of the reform movement in Bahrain.

Prior to Africa, Langfitt was NPR's labor correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covered the 2008 financial crisis, the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler and coalmine disasters in West Virginia.

In 2008, Langfitt also covered the Beijing Olympics as a member of NPR's team, which won an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting. Langfitt's print and visual journalism have also been honored by the Overseas Press Association and the White House News Photographers Association.

Before coming to NPR, Langfitt spent five years as a correspondent in Beijing for The Baltimore Sun, covering a swath of Asia from East Timor to the Khyber Pass.

Langfitt spent his early years in journalism stringing for the Philadelphia Inquirer and living in Hazard, Kentucky, where he covered the state's Appalachian coalfields for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Prior to becoming a reporter, Langfitt dug latrines in Mexico and drove a taxi in his home town of Philadelphia. Langfitt is a graduate of Princeton and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

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London Attacker Resided In U.K. Hotbed For Extremism

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Police Make Arrests In Connection To London Attack

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At Least 4 Dead, 20 Injured After Attack In London

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U.K. House Of Commons Locked Down After Westminster Bridge Incident

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Scotland Debates Independence From The U.K.

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Martin McGuinness, Irish Rebel Turned Politician, Dies At 66

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British Government Denies Wiretapping Trump Campaign

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (right) and Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders meet Thursday at the House of Representatives to discuss the formation of the cabinet in The Hague. Many Dutch parties have said they won't work with Wilders' Party of Freedom. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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In Dutch Vote, First Of 3 Key European Elections, Populism Takes Second Place

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Firebrand ethno-nationalist lawmaker Geert Wilders prepares to cast his vote in the Dutch general election Wednesday in The Hague, Netherlands. Exit Polls suggested a poor showing for his party. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Early Results Show Dutch Reject Nationalist Candidate Geert Wilders

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Polls Open In Closely Watched Dutch Elections

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Right-wing Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders gestures as he talks to Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a national televised debate on Monday. Wilders' Freedom Party had been leading in the polls until recently. Yves Herman/AP hide caption

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European Leaders Fear Rise Of Populist Candidates

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Dutch Prime Minister Urges Voters To Reject Far-Right Candidate

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Far-Right Populist Slips Ahead Of Dutch Election

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