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

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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Protesters show the three finger salute and hold photos of detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in July outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok during a demonstration against the Myanmar military junta's execution of four prisoners. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Hanoi brings back neighborhood loudspeakers

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Jailed arms dealer Bout, 'the Merchant of Death,' may be swapped for 2 Americans

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Myanmar carries out its first executions in decades, including democracy activists

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Cambodian court sentences American lawyer amid crackdown on dissent

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Biden welcomes leaders of Southeast Asian nations for special ASEAN summit

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Myanmar court sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to 5 years in prison for corruption

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A tourist strolls along the white sand of Maya Beach in Thailand. The destination was once overrun by visitors, but thanks in part to the pandemic, its ecosystem has had time to recover. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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In Thailand, the pandemic helped a famous beach recover from an onslaught of tourists

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1 year since Myanmar's coup, the military has been unable to stamp out the resistance

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As Khmer Rouge tribunal winds down, Cambodian experts see 'small measure of justice'

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In Myanmar, military leaders will meet with visiting Cambodian prime minister

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Myanmar's military is blamed for a Christmas Eve massacre

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