Michael Sullivan In 2003, Michael Sullivan moved to Hanoi to open NPR's Southeast Asia Bureau, which covers, but is not limited to, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and his base, Vietnam.
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Michael Sullivan is NPR's Senior Asia Correspondent. He moved to Hanoi to open NPR's Southeast Asia Bureau in 2003. Before that, he spent six years as NPR's South Asia correspondent based in but seldom seen in New Delhi.

Michael was in Pakistan on 9-11 and spent much of the next two years there and in Afghanistan covering the run up to and the aftermath of the U.S. military campaign to oust the Taliban and al Qaeda. Michael has also reported extensively on terrorism in Southeast Asia, including both Bali bombings. He also covered the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Michael was the first NPR reporter on the ground in both Thailand and the Indonesian province of Aceh following the devastating December 2004 tsunami. He has returned to Aceh more than half a dozen times since to document the recovery and reconstruction effort. As a reporter in NPR's London bureau in the early 1990s he covered the fall of the Soviet Union, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the aftermath of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Before moving to New Delhi, Michael was senior producer on NPR's foreign desk. He has worked in more than 60 countries on five continents, covering conflicts in Somalia, the Balkans, Haiti, Chechnya, and the Middle East. Prior to joining the foreign desk, Michael spent several years as producer and acting executive producer of NPR's All Things Considered.

As a reporter, Michael is the recipient of several Overseas Press Club Awards and Citations for Excellence for stories from Haiti, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. He was also part of the NPR team that won an Alfred I DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of 9-11 and the war in Afghanistan. In 2004 he was honored by the South Asia Journalists Association (SAJA) with a Special Recognition Award for his 'outstanding work' from 1998-2003 as NPR's South Asia correspondent.

As a producer and editor, Michael has been honored by the Overseas Press Club for work from Bosnia and Haiti; a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a story about life in Sarajevo during wartime; and a World Hunger Award for stories from Eritrea.

Michael's wife, Martha Ann Overland, is Southeast Asia correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and also writes commentaries on living abroad for NPR. They have two children.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He's been at NPR since 1985.

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Trade Issue Between Japan And South Korea Revives Memories Of Past Disputes

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The Potential For Denuclearization After Latest Trump-Kim Meeting

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Trump Is In Osaka To Meet With World Leaders At G-20 Summit

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Thai Dissidents Disappear Or Turn Up Dead, Even After Escaping Nation

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Legal Challenges Expected After Thai Election Results Are Posted

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After 2 Years Of Rule, King Of Thailand Finally Set To Be Crowned

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Suicide Bombings In Sri Lanka Revive Painful Notoriety For The Island Nation

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After Terror Attacks, Sri Lanka Bans Female Face Coverings

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Neighborhood In Sri Lanka Remains On Edge After Suicide Bombings

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Sri Lankan Government Admits It Failed To Heed Intelligence Warnings

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No Official Winner Has Been Declared Nearly A Month After Thailand's General Election

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, who ousted Thailand's elected government in 2014, speaks in Bangkok on Friday during the his last major campaign rally ahead of this weekend's elections. Lilllian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Critics Don't Expect Thailand's Election To Be Free Or Fair

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An estimated 5,500 Komodo dragons live in Komodo National Park. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Amid Tourism Push, Concern Grows Over Indonesia's Komodo Dragons

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