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International Correspondent, London

Frank Langfitt is NPR's London correspondent. He covers the UK and Ireland, as well as stories elsewhere in Europe.

Langfitt arrived in London in June, 2016. A week later, the UK voted for Brexit. He's been busy ever since, covering the political battles over just how the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. Langfitt also frequently appears on the BBC, where he tries to explain American politics, which is not easy.

Previously, Langfitt spent five years as an NPR correspondent covering China. Based in Shanghai, he drove a free taxi around the city for a series on a changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. As part of the series, Langfitt drove passengers back to the countryside for Chinese New Year and served as a wedding chauffeur. He has expanded his reporting into a book, The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China (Public Affairs, Hachette), which is out in June 2019.

While in China, Langfitt also reported on the government's infamous black jails — secret detention centers — as well as his own travails taking China's driver's test, which he failed three times.

Before moving to Shanghai, Langfitt was NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi. He reported from Sudan, covered the civil war in Somalia, and interviewed imprisoned Somali pirates, who insisted they were just misunderstood fishermen. During the Arab Spring, Langfitt covered the uprising and crushing of the reform movement in Bahrain.

Prior to Africa, Langfitt was NPR's labor correspondent based in Washington, DC. He covered the 2008 financial crisis, the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler, and coal mine disasters in West Virginia.

In 2008, Langfitt also covered the Beijing Olympics as a member of NPR's team, which won an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting. Langfitt's print and visual journalism have also been honored by the Overseas Press Association and the White House News Photographers Association.

Before coming to NPR, Langfitt spent five years as a correspondent in Beijing for The Baltimore Sun, covering a swath of Asia from East Timor to the Khyber Pass.

Langfitt spent his early years in journalism stringing for the Philadelphia Inquirer and living in Hazard, Kentucky, where he covered the state's Appalachian coalfields for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Prior to becoming a reporter, Langfitt dug latrines in Mexico and drove a taxi in his hometown of Philadelphia. Langfitt is a graduate of Princeton and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

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Tension Lingers Below The Surface At The Loyalists' Annual March In Northern Ireland

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It's Marching Season In Northern Ireland. Protestants Proclaim Allegiance To U.K.

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Developers knocked down the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale, London, in 2015 with plans to put up luxury apartments in its place. Community activists filed suit and the developer was forced to rebuild the pub brick for brick. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Pair Your Pints With A Trip Through History On This British Pub Crawl Across London

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Johnson Outlines Plan To Lift Nearly All Of England's COVID-19 Restrictions

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Boris Johnson Has Plans To Lift All COVID-19 Restrictions In England By Mid-July

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Princess Diana Statue Unveiling Shows Mixed Emotions Over Role Of Princes Her Sons

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Summits On Summits: Biden Was Busy During His 1st International Trip As President

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To Compete With China, The U.S. And EU Reach A Deal Over Aircraft Subsidies

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Biden To Reaffirm Support For NATO At Brussels Summit

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Protesters In Falmouth Urge G-7 Leaders To Tackle Sea Conservation, Myanmar And More

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G-7 Summit: Leaders Discussed Building A Fairer Post-Pandemic Economy

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A sculpture created out of electronic waste in the likeness of Mount Rushmore and the G-7 leaders sits on a hill in Cornwall, England, near where the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations will meet. Jon Super/AP hide caption

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2 Artists Want G-7 Leaders To End E-Waste. So They Sculpted Them Out Of Trash

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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive Wednesday at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in England ahead of the G-7 summit. The president will try to reestablish U.S. global leadership and repair old friendships. Joe Giddens/Pool via AP hide caption

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World Leaders Are Meeting To Tackle Climate Change And Pandemic Recovery

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Biden talk Thursday during a meeting in Carbis Bay, England, as they look over copies of the original Atlantic Charter from 1941. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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With An Eye To History, Biden And Johnson Try To Rekindle The 'Special Relationship'

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