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Elise Hu

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Elise Hu is a correspondent and video host based at NPR West in Culver City, CA. Previously, she was the founding bureau chief and International Correspondent for NPR's Seoul office, where she was based for three years and responsible for coverage of the Koreas and Japan, and filed from a dozen countries across Asia.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects, contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage, and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work at NPR has earned a DuPont-Columbia award and a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media for her video series, Elise Tries. Her previous work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, and beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press. The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu has taught digital journalism at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools and served as a guest co-host for TWIT.tv's program, Tech News Today. She's on the board of Grist Magazine and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Seungri, photographed as he arrived at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on March 14, 2019. The former pop idol was there to undergo police questioning over charges of supplying prostitution services. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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A holiday mug is seen among the wreckage of what was once someone's kitchen in Paradise, California. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Thousands Of Fire Evacuees To Spend The Holiday Without Homes

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For Wildfire Evacuees, Bureaucratic Nightmare Begins

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Yoo Ah-In, Jeong Jong-seo and Steven Yeun star in Burning, a psychological thriller set in Seoul and Paju, South Korea. CGV Arthouse hide caption

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North Korea Begins Dismantling Missile Site, Images Show

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Pompeo Meets With North Koreans Over Nuclear Program

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Protesters in Seoul demonstrate against a group of asylum seekers from Yemen, on June 30. Hundreds of asylum seekers from Yemen have arrived in South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anti-Refugee Backlash In South Korea Targets Yemenis Fleeing War And Seeking Asylum

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After A Stop In China, Defense Secretary Mattis Heads To South Korea

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News Brief: Pompeo In Asia, DOJ Reports On Clinton Email Investigation

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U.S.-North Korea Summit Is One For The History Books

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Following his historic handshake with Kim Jong Un, President Trump said, "I feel really great. It's going to be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it's going to be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship. I have no doubt." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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