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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Trade War With China Heats Up

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In a July 2017 photo released by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office, Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, holds a portrait of him during his funeral at a funeral parlor in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. AP hide caption

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A Trade War Between The U.S. And China Has Begun

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Trade Dispute Grows Between The U.S. And China

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'Born Independent,' Taiwan's Defiant New Generation Is Coming Of Age

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China Tells Farmers To Grow More Soybeans Amid Trade Fight With U.S.

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President Trump Threatens Additional Tariffs On Chinese Goods

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Secretary Of State Pompeo Visits China, Japan, South Korea After Summit

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Pompeo Talks To North Korea's Neighbors About Trump-Kim Summit

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Ivanka Trump's quote of a Chinese proverb — "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it." — prompted a search for the original source. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Taiwan Is Receiving Unprecedented Attention From Washington

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Real Estate Jumps In Chinese City Bordering North Korea

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1 Year Later At The North Korea-China Border, What's Changed?

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