Elise Hu

Elise Hu is an award-winning correspondent assigned to NPR's newest international bureau, in Seoul, South Korea. She's responsible for covering geopolitics, business and life in both Koreas and Japan. She previously covered the intersection of technology and culture for the network's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

Hu joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu has taught digital journalism at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools and serves as a guest co-host for TWIT.tv's program, Tech News Today. She's also an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

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9:50am

Thu March 19, 2015
Parallels

A Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:58 pm

Language instructor Soh Bor-am teaches eight Mandarin classes a day, as Chinese tourism to South Korea swells.
Elise Hu NPR

Perhaps nowhere is the growth of the Chinese middle-class more visible than at top tourist destinations, which these days are teeming with Chinese travelers. The Chinese are traveling abroad in numbers never seen before, and it's felt strongly in South Korea, which finds itself scrambling to keep up with an estimated 4 million Chinese tourists a year.

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4:55pm

Thu February 5, 2015
All Tech Considered

Anthem Hack Renews Calls For Laws To Better Prevent Breaches

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 2:46 pm

Anthem says 80 million company records were accessed in what may be one of the largest health care data breaches to date.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

The call for more systemic changes to prevent mega-hacks is getting louder after hackers hit Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer. The company says cyberthieves gained access to the addresses, employment information and Social Security numbers of 80 million customers and employees.

Eighty million individuals is a lot — it's roughly the populations of California, Texas and Illinois combined.

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7:03am

Wed February 4, 2015
All Tech Considered

FCC Chairman Wheeler Backs Regulating Internet As Public Utility

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 10:48 am

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled his plan in a Wired op-ed on Wednesday. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the proposal Feb. 26.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Updated Feb. 4, 11:52 a.m. ET: Wheeler Outlines His Proposal In Wired.

Today is the day net neutrality watchers had been waiting for, according to numerous reports. After months of debate, discussion and the culling of nearly 4 million public comments on the matter, the Federal Communications Commission appears poised to decide how it will regulate the Internet.

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3:46pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:30 pm

SkyMall art by Kevin and Miles Taylor.
Kevin and Miles Taylor

Whether it was the $85,000 personal submarine craft, the telepathic obstacle course or the yeti yard ornaments we could never quite afford, in-flight catalog SkyMall — and the kitschy items sold inside its pages — are going to be hard to forget.

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11:56am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Goodbye, Garden Yeti: In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:00 am

A signature SkyMall item: The hot dog bun toaster.
SkyMall

SkyMall, the ubiquitous in-flight catalog that reliably greets you in the seatback pocket, is falling victim to technological innovation.

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7:03am

Thu January 8, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Unstoppable Selfie Stick Trend Has Invaded American Shores

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:43 pm

A couple uses a selfie stick on a Mexican beach.
Elise Hu NPR

Selfie sticks first proliferated in Asia, where so many tech trends seem to originate, for better or worse. Tourists wielding giant poles with their cellphones attached at the end stood before the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, smiling for their faraway phone cameras. Or they whipped these rods out in Myeongdong, a shopping promenade in Seoul.

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4:13pm

Mon December 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

The 2014 Tech Trends We'll Still Be Talking About Next Year

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 6:35 pm

A video about the Apple Watch is shown during an Apple special event in Cupertino, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

And just like that, 2014 is coming to a close. We live in fast-moving, hyper-connected times in which it seems technology is driving numerous cultural changes. NPR tech reporters Laura Sydell, Aarti Shahani and I looked back on a few ideas and topics that intrigued us this year but will continue to get attention in the year ahead.

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4:18pm

Thu December 25, 2014
Technology

Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 12:13 pm

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 28, 2014.)

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8:02am

Wed December 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

In Its Strange Journey, 'The Interview' Becomes An Art House Film

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 8:59 am

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain will show The Interview starting on Christmas Day.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

A buddy flick about killing North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un will be shown on Christmas Day after all, at least in about 200 independent theaters. This kind of small-scale distribution model and the politics surrounding The Interview give what was once a big-budget Hollywood release the spirit of an art house film.

In the satirical film, which is at the center of a geopolitical tussle, Seth Rogen and James Franco play television producers who get an interview with Kim but are then hired by the CIA to "take him out."

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7:03am

Wed December 24, 2014
Movies

More Than 200 Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:46 am

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5:18am

Sat December 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Instagram Vs. Twitter And Europe Vs. Google

Instagram topped Twitter in active users in its latest count.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

If you've been too busy finalizing holiday vacation plans and buying gifts, we're here to catch you up on the tech headlines you may have missed from NPR and beyond.

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10:08am

Sat December 6, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Online Threats, N. Korean Threats And RIP Clip Art

Sony Pictures is still investigating who hacked its systems and leaked sensitive information, including unreleased films.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

The week in tech began with arguments before the Supreme Court and ended with another data breach. This time it's the clothing chain Bebe. Here's a look back at other tech stories you should know about from NPR and beyond.

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5:30pm

Thu December 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 12:32 pm

James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen in The Interview. The North Korean dictator promised "merciless counter-measures" if this film was released.
Ed Araquel AP

The most closed country on earth — North Korea — is now denying its involvement in one of the biggest corporate hacks in history.

Someone attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment last week and made public troves of stolen data, including five unreleased films, medical records and salaries of nearly 7,000 global employees. But before a recent denial — another North Korean diplomat played coy about the country's involvement.

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1:36pm

Mon December 1, 2014
All Tech Considered

As Supreme Court Considers Online Threats, An Update On Justin Carter

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 11:57 am

An undated photo of Justin Carter, who's facing a felony "terroristic threat" charge in Texas.
Courtesy of Jack Carter

The Supreme Court is tackling an interesting question Monday: When is a seemingly threatening online message a crime?

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10:06am

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:12 pm

The Ferguson Public Library.
Elise Hu NPR

The Ferguson Public Library is just a block away from the center of demonstrations at the Ferguson Police Department. As we've reported, when violent protests this week led to the burning of more than a dozen businesses and the uncertainty caused schools to close, the library stayed open.

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