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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Beijing, China

Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Bejing, China, covering the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Throughout his coverage he has taken an 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.

During a previous tour in China from 2006-2010, Kuhn covered the Beijing Olympics, and the devastating Sichuan earthquake that preceded it. He looked at life in the heart of Lhasa, Tibet's capital, and the recovery of Japan's northeast coast after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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 Sepulcher, Pakistani artists' struggle with religious extremism in Lahore, and the Syrian civil war's spillover into neighboring Lebanon.

Previous 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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Why Talks Between The U.S. And North Korea Abruptly Ended

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News Brief: No Deal With North Korea, What We Learned From Michael Cohen

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Talks Between Trump And Kim Jong Un Resume As Summit Enters Final Day

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A man wearing a T-shirt featuring pictures of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses near the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Wednesday. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Economic Change May Have Helped To Get North Korea To Nuclear Summit

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Tokyo And Seoul: Fears And Hopes For Second Trump-Kim Summit

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump walk together at a resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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What To Expect From North Korea At The Next Trump-Kim Summit

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Experts Pessimistic About Value Of Another Trump-Kim Summit

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (right) shakes hands with Timothy Betts, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the U.S. Department of State (left) during their meeting on Feb. 10. Lee Jin-Man/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. And South Korea Reach Deal On Military Costs

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Archaeologist Koji Iesaki holds a carved roof ornament excavated at the former site of the Jyokyo-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan. Iesaki and other archaeologists have their hands full as a pre-Olympic building boom has helped reveal centuries-old artifacts from the city's long history. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Ahead Of 2020 Summer Olympics, A Building Boom In Kyoto Is Yielding Ancient Artifacts

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South Korea Will Interview Thousands Of Athletes After Rape And Abuse Allegations

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South Korea's Sports Prestige Gets Eclipsed By Sexual Abuse Against Female Athletes

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