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

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 United Kingdom's preparations to leave the European Union as well as terrorist attacks in London and beyond. Langfitt 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.

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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2 Days Before Brexit Summit, U.K.-EU Talks Are Stalled

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Tibetans cheer on a Tibetan team at a soccer tournament in London. Fans say they were pleased and surprised that the tournament organizers didn't succumb to pressure from potential sponsors and dump the Tibetan team to avoid angering the Chinese government. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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How The Chinese Government Works To Censor Debate In Western Democracies

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Britain's Theresa May Is Pressured To Come Up With A New Brexit Plan

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Debate Over How The U.K. Should Leave The EU Continues 2 Years After Vote

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U.S. Blocks Appointments Of New Judges To World Trade Organization

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Britain's Labour Party Sees Brexit Standstill As An Opportunity

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EU Is Unreceptive To Britain's Plan To Stay In Europe's Single Market

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Experts Say Trump's Hostility To The WTO Could Cripple It

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News Brief: Kavanaugh Latest, Brexit, Koreas Summit

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European Leaders Talk Brexit In Austria

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British Government Names 2 Russian Men Charged In Nerve Agent Attack

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U.K. Charges 2 Russians In Poison Attack On Former Spy

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Labour Party To Adopt International Definition Of Anti-Semitism

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Why Britain's Labour Party Is Agreeing To Adopt An International Definition Of Anti-Semitism

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