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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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.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said he was surprised and flattered by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's endorsement and said his critics were out of touch. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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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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People Around The World React To U.S. Election Results

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People react to results on a TV screen Wednesday during an election night party at the United States Embassy in London. Frank Augstein/AP hide caption

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Shocked By Trump Win, Brits See Brexit Parallels And Commiserate

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Donald Trump listens to United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a campaign rally on Aug. 24, in Jackson, Miss. Farage was a leader of the pro-Brexit campaign in Britain. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images hide caption

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British High Court Rules U.K. Parliament Must Approve Brexit Plans

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British Court: Government Needs Parliament's Approval To Exit EU

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Break With European Union Is Having Ripple Effects In Britain

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Despite Plans To Turn London Into A 24-Hour City, Nightclubs Are Closing

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Brexit Results Prove Increasingly Costly To Britons

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New Data Reveal Increase In Hate Crimes After U.K. Brexit Vote

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