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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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Extended Talks Signal Progress In Efforts To End Trade War With China

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Talks With China Continue As The Trade War Pause Ends In March

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Chinese Authorities Raid 2 Prominent Independent Churches

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Here's What Happened When A Chinese Painting Depicted An Altered Version Of History

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It Has Been A Blistering Week In U.S.-China Relations

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Chinese Government And Media React To Arrest Of Top Huawei Executive

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Visitors pass a Huawei marquee in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress last year. The daughter of the Chinese telecommunications giant's founder was arrested Saturday in Canada on U.S. request, in a move that threatens to inflame U.S.-China trade tensions. Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Huawei Finance Chief's Arrest Threatens To Inflame U.S.-China Tensions

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After Arrest In Canada, Huawei Executive Faces Extradition To U.S.

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U.S. And China Halt Trade War With Temporary Truce

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Sheng Hong is director of the Beijing-based Unirule Institute of Economics. He's one of a growing number of critics within elite circles in China who are criticizing China's handling of the trade war. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Amid Trade War With U.S., There Are Signs Of Dissent Among China's Economists

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President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last November. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Beijing Is Pushing Hard To Influence U.S. Views Of China, Report Says

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