Rob Schmitz Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Correspondent for NPR.
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Rob Schmitz

Correspondent, Shanghai

Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Correspondent for NPR.

From 2010 to 2016, Schmitz was the China Correspondent for the public radio business program Marketplace. Schmitz has won several awards for his reporting on China, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards and an Education Writers Association award. His work was also a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. His reporting in Japan — from the hardest-hit areas near the failing Fukushima nuclear power plant following the earthquake and tsunami — was included in the publication 100 Great Stories, celebrating the centennial of Columbia University's Journalism School. In 2012, Rob exposed the fabrications in Mike Daisey's account of Apple's supply chain on This American Life. His report was featured in the show's "Retraction" episode, the most downloaded episode in the program's 16-year history.

Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China – first as a teacher for the Peace Corps in the 1990s, later as a freelance print and video journalist. He speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He has a Master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Schmitz's latest book is Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road (2016).

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A Woman Tells Her Story Of Forced Abortion And Escape From China's Repression

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Newsbrief: Calif. Wildfires, Brexit And Chinese Muslim Repression

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Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, a city in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, in 2017. Xinjiang authorities have detained members of the Uighur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim, and held them in camps the authorities call "education and training centers." Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

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Kalida Akytkhan, pictured with her son Parkhat Rakhymbergen, has two sons and two daughter-in-laws who have been detained in re-education camps in Xinjiang. She brought photos of her family to the offices of rights organization Atazhurt in Almaty. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Families Of The Disappeared: A Search For Loved Ones Held In China's Xinjiang Region

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Expo Promotes China's Desire To Attract Foreign Imports

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Detained In China, Interpol President Resigns Over Bribery Charges

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Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence

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Some North Koreans Puzzled By U.S. Call For Denuclearization

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News Brief: Kavanaugh Latest, Brexit, Koreas Summit

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing a joint declaration at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday. Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP hide caption

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Says He Will Visit Seoul

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Leaders Of North And South Korea Meet In Pyongyang For 3rd Summit

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North And South Korean Leaders Set To Meet For Third Time This Year

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North Korea's Kim Set To Host South Korea's Moon

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A Deadly Virus Threatens Millions Of Pigs In China

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