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Elise Hu is a host-at-large based at NPR West in Culver City, Calif. Previously, she explored the future with her video series, Future You with Elise Hu, and served as the founding bureau chief and International Correspondent for NPR's Seoul office. She was based in Seoul for nearly four years, responsible for the network's coverage of both 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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5 Tips To Ditch Fast Fashion And Cultivate A Sustainable Closet

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Here's How Tech Experts Recommend Organizing Your Photos

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Look Inward To Make External Change: Advice From A Meditation Teacher

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Courageous Conversations Across a Growing Divide: One Small Step

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BLACKPINK. The K-pop group's first Korean-language full-length, simply called The Album, is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best new records out on Oct. 2. YG Entertainment hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Oct. 2

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Prepare Now For Your Pandemic Winter. Your Future Self Will Thank You

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Pandemic Childcare; Plus Mukbang Meets True Crime

Guest host Elise Hu looks at how the pandemic has exacerbated existing problems when it comes to the care of small children. A Massachusetts childcare center owner shares her story about reopening, while a public policy professor talks about the difficult choices women often have to make between their careers and caregiving. Also, a look at how mukbang and true crime collide in the world of Stephanie Soo, a YouTube star and host of the Rotten Mango podcast.

Pandemic Childcare; Plus Mukbang Meets True Crime

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South Korean Bestseller 'Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982' Gives Public Voice To Private Pain

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VIDEO: Elon Musk's Next Quest Is A Mind-Machine Meld. Let's Consider The Implications

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