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

Michael Sullivan

Senior Asia Correspondent

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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Thursday

One of Cambodia's last English language newspapers has ceased publication

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Saturday

Tension rises between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea

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Sunday

Thailand bans cannabis use in policy reversal

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Friday

Myanmar military struggles against ethnic armed groups, post-coup resistance forces

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Thursday

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

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Thursday

Thai workers who were held hostages by Hamas are released

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Monday

Thai hostages held in Gaza freed from Hamas captivity

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Monday

At least 39 Thai migrant workers were killed in the Hamas attacks on Israel

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Sunday

Friday

Biden will visit Hanoi to sign a deal bringing the ex-enemies closer together

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Tuesday

Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, foreground, with, from left, his son Phantongtae, his daughters Pinthongta and Paetongtarn, arrive at Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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Monday

Cambodia's long serving prime minister steps down — handing power to his son

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Wednesday

China-Philippines tensions rise over water cannon incident in South China Sea

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Thursday

Cambodians to vote in election — widely seen as a sham — and extend rule of Hun Sen

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Thursday

Thailand's parliament is meeting to choose a new prime minister

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Thursday

Thai Progressive Party is still short of the majority it needs to form a government

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Monday

Voters in Thailand have spoken — they want change

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Sunday

Move Forward Party leader and prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat gives a press conference at the party headquarters in Bangkok on May 14 after polls closed in Thailand's general election. Jack Taylor/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Voters in Thailand, led by young people, are expected to demand change

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Monday

At Biden-Marcos meeting, China is expected to be at the top of the agenda

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Wednesday

A Myanmar activist loses almost everything but hope

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Myanmar has been in chaos since the army seized power from the civilian government

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Friday

Thursday

Prison security officials prepare for the release of inmates outside Insein prison in Yangon on November 17, 2022. STR/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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