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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Beijing, China

Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Seoul, South Korea, reporting on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Before moving to Seoul in 2018, he traveled to the region to cover major stories including the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster.

Kuhn previously served two five-year stints in Beijing, China, for NPR, during which he covered major stories such as the Beijing Olympics, geopolitical jousting in the South China Sea, and the lives of Tibetans, Uighurs, and other minorities in China's borderlands.

He took a particular interest in China's rich traditional culture and its impact on the current day. He has recorded the sonic calling cards of itinerant merchants in Beijing's back alleys, and the descendants of court musicians of the Tang Dynasty. He has profiled petitioners and rights lawyers struggling for justice, and educational reformers striving to change the way Chinese think.

From 2010-2013, Kuhn was NPR's Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Among other stories, he explored Borneo and Sumatra, and witnessed the fight to preserve the biodiversity of the world's oldest forests. He also followed Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, as she rose from political prisoner to head of state.

Kuhn served as NPR's correspondent in London from 2004-2005, covering stories including the London subway bombings and the marriage of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Besides his major postings, Kuhn's journalistic horizons have been expanded by various short-term assignments. These produced stories including wartime black humor in Iraq, musical diplomacy by the New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, North Korea, a kerfuffle over the plumbing in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Pakistani artists' struggle with religious extremism in Lahore, and the Syrian civil war's spillover into neighboring Lebanon.

Prior to joining NPR, Kuhn wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review and freelanced for various news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. He majored in French literature as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, and later did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American studies in Nanjing.

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Students of the Pyongyang Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce in North Korea undergo temperature checks before entering the campus. The country said there were no cases — until May 12. Kim Won Jin /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden says the U.S. will defend Taiwan if China invades

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Biden meets with new South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl

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Biden begins a 5-day trip to Asia with a stop in South Korea

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A TV screen shows a news report on North Korea's missile launch with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a train station in Seoul on May 4. North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days Kim vowed to bolster his nuclear arsenal "at the fastest possible pace" and threatened to use them against rivals. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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North Korea may conduct a missile or nuclear test timed with Biden's visit to Asia

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North Korea mobilizes the military to distribute medicine during COVID outbreak

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North Korea is being monitored for its first test of a nuclear weapon in 5 years

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A new bill in Japan aims to protect the country against economic retaliation

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South Korea's immediate neighbors are impacting the military help its giving Ukraine

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Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskyy addressed South Korea's Parliament

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North Korea tests a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.

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