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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Realtor Simon Rose stands in front of a home he's working to sell in London's Chelsea neighborhood. The home is on the market for a little over $7 million, but the asking price has been cut $700,000 since Britain voted in June to leave the European Union. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Not Exactly A Bargain, But London's Luxury Property Falls After Brexit

The Falcon is one of 120 pubs that Wandsworth has designated for protection. The pub, which has stained glass windows, dates to the 1800s. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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London Borough Raises Pints — And Legal Protections — To U.K.'s Fading Pubs

Employees work on an engine production line at a Ford factory in Dagenham, England. Many American firms based in the U.K. are concerned Brexit will adversely impact their businesses. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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How U.S. Businesses In Europe Are Already Planning For Brexit

The crime scene in London's Russell Square is cleaned Thursday morning, following a knife attack late Wednesday in which one woman was killed and five others injured. Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Behind The Post-Brexit Market Rebound?

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Britain's Vote To Leave EU Creates Uncertainty In Ireland

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Key Cabinet Members Chosen By Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May

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Theresa May Becomes New British Prime Minister Amid Brexit Fallout

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