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Elise Hu
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Elise Hu

International Correspondent, Seoul, South Korea

Elise Hu is an award-winning correspondent assigned to NPR's newest international bureau, in Seoul, South Korea. She's responsible for covering geopolitics, business and life in both Koreas and Japan. She previously covered the intersection of technology and culture for the network's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

Hu joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

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 has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and 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 serves as a guest co-host for TWIT.tv's program, Tech News Today. She's also an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

Elise Hu can be reached by e-mail at ehu (at) npr (dot) org as well as via the social media links, above.

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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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Listen: The NPR Politics Podcast Analyzes Trump And Kim's Denuclearization Agreement

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What Action Follows Trump-Kim Summit May Be Even More Important

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"I think he wants to get it done. I really feel that very strongly," President Trump says of the pledge by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. And North Korea Negotiators Hold Last Minute Meetings Ahead Of Summit

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President Trump participates in a working luncheon hosted by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Monday. Officials from both delegations also attended the luncheon. Photo by Ministry of Communications and Information, Republic of Singapore / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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South Koreans protest against the April 27 inter-Korean summit, when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the border. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Trump Raise North Korea's Human Rights Abuses At Summit With Kim Jong Un?

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North Koreans watched a video screen in Pyongyang showing Korean Central Television news presenter Ri Chun Hee as she announced that the country had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sept. 3, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What Summit? On North Korean TV, The News Is All About Rice Farming

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Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in February. President Trump confirmed Tuesday that Kim is headed to New York discuss a possible summit with Kim Jong Un. Korea Pool/Newsis via AP hide caption

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High-Ranking North Korean Official Is Traveling To New York

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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speaks during a news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Sunday. He met with Kim Jong Un on Saturday. Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South Korea's Moon: Kim Jong Un Still Committed To Denuclearization

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President Trump speaks in the Oval Office Saturday. He said plans for a meeting with Kim Jong Un are "moving along very nicely." Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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