Emily Feng Emily Feng is NPR's Beijing correspondent.
Emily Feng at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Emily Feng

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Emily Feng at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Emily Feng

Correspondent, Beijing

Emily Feng is NPR's Beijing correspondent.

Feng joined NPR in 2019. She roves around China, through its big cities and small villages, reporting on social trends as well as economic and political news coming out of Beijing. Feng contributes to NPR's newsmagazines, newscasts, podcasts and digital platforms.

Previously, Feng served as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times. Based in Beijing, she covered a broad range of topics, including human rights and technology. She also began extensively reporting on the region of Xinjiang during this period, becoming the first foreign reporter to uncover that China was separating Uyghur children from their parents and sending them to state-run orphanages, and discovering that China was introducing forced labor in Xinjiang's detention camps.

Feng's reporting has also let her nerd out over semiconductors and drones, travel to environmental wastelands and write about girl bands and art. She's filed stories from the bottom of a coal mine; the top of a mosque in Qinghai; and from inside a cave Chairman Mao once lived in.

She was the recipient of the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award for her overall reporting on the Asia Pacific.

Her human rights coverage has been shortlisted by the British Journalism Awards in 2018 and won two Human Rights Press awards. Her radio coverage of the coronavirus epidemic in China was recognized by the National Headliners Award. She spearheaded coverage that has won two Gracie Awards. She was also named a Livingston Award finalist in 2021.

Feng graduated cum laude from Duke University with a dual B.A. degree from Duke's Sanford School in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and in public policy.

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Tuesday

Hong Kong's biggest national security trial to date kicked off this week

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Monday

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies during a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee at Hart Senate Office Building June 8, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

China reacts to the U.S. shooting down a suspected spy balloon

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Friday

Spy balloon is spotted over Montana. Will it interfere with Blinken's China trip?

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Tuesday

Bridestowe is a lavender farm on the island of Tasmania in Australia. It became a popular destination for some Chinese tourists after a Chinese model posted a photo of herself with a Bridestowe lavender bear on social media. Bridestowe Estate hide caption

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Monday

A delivery rider picks up his customers' online order as residents line up outside a store to buy Lunar New Year desserts in Beijing, Jan. 17. China's economic growth fell to its second-lowest level in at least four decades last year under pressure from anti-virus controls and a real estate slump. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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With COVID lockdowns lifted, China says it's back in business. But it's not so easy

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Thursday

As China lifts most COVID controls, its economy has a ways to go to recover

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The U.S. delays extending political safe haven status to people from Hong Kong

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Sunday

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China's Lunar New Year falls amid a COVID surge and hard financial times

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Wednesday

Remembering those who died during China's latest COVID surge

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Tuesday

For the first time since 1960, deaths outnumbered births in China last year

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Wednesday

Students hold up placards including blank white sheets of paper on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in solidarity with protests held on the mainland over Beijing's COVID-19 restrictions, on Nov. 28. Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China's authorities are quietly rounding up people who protested against COVID rules

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Monday

After nearly three years, China has opened its borders to inbound travelers

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Sunday

Tourist sites around the world are preparing for a surge in Chinese tourists

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