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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U.K. Independence Party co-founder Nigel Farage visited Donald Trump at Trump Tower days after the U.S. election. Trump suggested the British government appoint Farage to be the U.K.'s ambassador to Washington – advice Prime Minister Theresa May ignored. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump's Kindred Spirit, U.K.'s Nigel Farage, Will Be An Honored Guest Friday

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British Prime Minister Theresa May Outlines Plan To Leave European Union

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British Prime Minister Announces How The U.K. Will Depart The EU

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After The Brexit Vote, Why Has The U.K. Economy Proved So Resilient?

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Amid China's Crackdown On Human Rights Lawyers, One Woman Fights On For The Future

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The river banks in Sunderland here were once home to shipyards, but like the city's coal mines, they disappeared. In June, the voters of Sunderland voted by more than 60 percent to leave the European Union, even though it would put tens of thousands of local jobs at risk. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

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U.K.'s Brexit Strategy Will Be Laid Out This Year

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George Michael, Singer Of 'Freedom '90,' 'Faith,' 'Last Christmas,' Dies At 53

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Mohammed Ashfaq is the managing director of Kikit Pathways, a nonprofit that works with the British government's Prevent program to stop radicalization. A ribbon-cutting in Birmingham inaugurated a double-decker bus designed to allow Kikit to go into communities and help people who are addicted to drugs and considered at risk of radicalization. Frank Langfitt / NPR hide caption

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U.K.'s Anti-Radicalization Program Cites Successes, But Also Draws Fire

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Brexit Vote Comes With Risks For English City Home To Nissan Plant

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Hundreds Report Sexual Abuse In United Kingdom Youth Soccer Programs

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U.K. Rejects Trump's Call For Nigel Farage To Be Ambassador To The U.S.

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U.S. military planes drop paratroopers during a multi-national jump that includes soldiers from the U.S., Britain and Poland on June 7, near Torum, Poland. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has questioned the value of the NATO alliances, raising worries among many European countries. Alik Keplicz/AP hide caption

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What Does Trump's Victory Mean For NATO?

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Parsing Anti-Establishment Sentiments In The U.S. And U.K.

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