May 19, 2008
Anna Christopher, NPR



May 19, 2008; Washington, D.C. – NPR News hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, who were already reporting from Chengdu, China, for a special week of All Things Considered when the massive earthquake struck, are continuing their coverage from Sichuan Province all this week. Block and Siegel are part of a team of nine NPR journalists reporting on the ground for NPR News programs and; joining them are NPR China correspondents Anthony Kuhn and Louisa Lim; All Things Considered executive producer Chris Turpin; producers Brendan Banaszak, Andrea Hsu and Art Silverman; and engineer Stacey Abbott.

All this week, Block and Siegel will provide daily reports from Sichuan on All Things Considered. This special coverage from May 19-23 will be augmented by original Web audio, photographs and text on the “Chengdu Diary” blog at

Since the moments immediately following the quake, Block, Siegel and the team have been reporting on-location throughout Sichuan on the widespread devastation and continuing relief efforts. All Things Considered was in Chengdu preparing for a weeklong broadcast May 19-23 to examine the country’s global evolution and the new generation leading change. NPR selected Chengdu as the origin of its broadcast because, before the quake, the Sichuan capital was undergoing radical economic, cultural and generational transformation, with gaps between rich and poor, as well as between those raised during Chairman Mao’s leadership and those under 40.

NPR News’ coverage of the quake and its aftermath has been praised by other media organizations and NPR listeners. Their NPR reporting has been quoted by a wide cross-section of other news outlets, and both Block and Siegel have been interviewed by other television networks and newspapers.

Siegel and Block are now focused on how this vast, once fast-growing region is suddenly challenged by the tragedy and moving along with recovery efforts, traveling to mountainous towns and communities near the epicenter. The show is exploring the fortunes of Chengdu's residents, including the new entrepreneurs, migrant workers and impoverished peasants living in rural reaches hard-hit by the quake. They are also examining the unanticipated impact of China's one-child policy, which was made more relevant following the loss of so many children in the earthquake.

NPR News is providing ongoing, in-depth coverage of China across all programs and at NPR maintains two bureaus in China: Kuhn is based in Beijing, and Lim in Shanghai. They will join sports correspondent Tom Goldman to report on the Olympics, August 8-25. In April, All Things Considered host Michele Norris covered China’s efforts to reduce pollution, and the roadblocks preventing such change, from Beijing and Shanxi Province for NPR’s year-long “Climate Connections” global climate change series. Earlier this year, a seven-part series “China and the World” reported by six correspondents based in Beijing, Cairo, South America, Moscow and Southeast Asia analyzed the country’s expanding global influence.

NPR News’ foreign coverage includes 18 international bureaus, and is consistently recognized for broadcast excellence. This coverage has received every major award in journalism, including a 2007 Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award and a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the Iraq War.

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