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Rob Schmitz

International Correspondent, Shanghai

Rob Schmitz is NPR's international correspondent based in Shanghai, covering the human stories of China's economic rise and increasing global influence. His reporting on China's impact beyond its borders has taken him to countries such as Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. Inside China, he's interviewed elderly revolutionaries, young rappers, and live-streaming celebrity farmers who make up the diverse tapestry of one of the most fascinating countries on the planet.

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, Schmitz 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.

From 2010 to 2016, Schmitz was the China correspondent for Marketplace. He's also worked as a reporter for NPR Member stations KQED, KPCC, and MPR. Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China — first as a teacher for the Peace Corps in the 1990s, and 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 is the author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road (2016), a profile of individuals who live, work, and dream along a single street that runs through the heart of China's largest city.

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Protests Over Extradition Bill Turn Violent In Hong Kong

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Protests Force Hong Kong's Lawmakers To Delay Vote On Extradition Bill

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U.S. May Blacklist Chinese Surveillance Firm, 'New York Times' Reports

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A passenger vessel traveling down the Yangtze River stops at a dock in downtown Chongqing, China. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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'The Economy Is Slipping': China's Slowdown Hits Former Boomtown

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Slowdown Highlights Vulnerable Chinese Economy In Midst Of A Trade War

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China Retaliates Against Latest U.S. Tariffs With Its Own Hike On American Goods

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China Has Yet To Retaliate For Trump's Tariff Hike

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White House Follows Through With Tariff Hikes On Chinese Imports

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Trump's Tariff Intentions Hang Over U.S.-China Trade Talks

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U.S. Continues Trade Talks With China Despite Trump's Tariff Threat

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Uighur detainees at a detention facility in Kashgar take vocational classes. All the detainees in this class admitted to having been "infected with extremist thoughts." Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Reporter's Notebook: Uighurs Held For 'Extremist Thoughts' They Didn't Know They Had

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China Detains Hundreds Of Thousands Of Muslims In 'Training Centers'

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China's Belt And Road: A Closed Gateway

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Thailand Moves Forward With Chinese Tech Company Huawei To Build 5G Network

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