Elise Hu

Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

She 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 who helped launch 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 is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools. 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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7:03am

Wed September 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:41 am

Slow-loading messages will appear on some of your favorite sites Wednesday as part of a protest for net neutrality. But the sites won't actually be loading slower — the banners will be displayed just to make a point.
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You'll find spinning wheels at the top of Netflix, Etsy, Foursquare and other top sites today, as they take part in Internet Slowdown Day. While sites won't slow down for real, participating Internet companies will be covered with the symbolic loading icons "to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like," the organizers write on their website.

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3:42pm

Tue September 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

The Apple Watch Is Here And Another Tech Hype Cycle Commences

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 1:04 pm

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

Apple's big new product will live on your wrist. It's called the Apple Watch, in a notable move away from "i"-branded products, and it will be available in early 2015, starting at $349. It comes in two sizes and packed with all sorts of futuristic features, like being able to pay for products or wave open a hotel room with it. And send your heartbeat with it (not that I know what the use case is for that is unless you're a newborn).

"It's the next chapter in Apple's story," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the watch's unveiling.

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5:54am

Sat September 6, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: So Many Hacks, So Little Time

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If it feels like the big data breaches are unending, that's because they probably are. The shortened week, due to the Labor Day holiday, had no shortage of tech headlines because of one big breach after another. A look back:

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3:09pm

Wed September 3, 2014
All Tech Considered

I Feel Nothing: The Home Depot Hack And Data Breach Fatigue

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:33 am

So many big data breaches — not to mention celebrity data hacks — have happened in the past year that we're reacting to hacks with a shrug.
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How many megahacks have we consumers faced in recent memory?

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12:10pm

Tue September 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear their new body cameras during a rally Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Outfitting police officers with body cameras seems to be the most concrete solution to come out of the police misconduct accusations in Ferguson, Mo. And the push for cameras extends far beyond the suburban Missouri police department — more than 153,000 people have signed a "We the People" petition to create a "Mike Brown Law" that would require all police to wear cameras.

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4:45am

Sat August 30, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Uber's Tricks, JPMorgan Hacked & A Desk Microwave

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:12 am

Uber's going the distance to try and crowd out its competition, like Lyft and its signature mustached vehicles.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Each weekend, we look back on the tech week that was, which includes original content from NPR and the stories worth noting from across the Internet. Here we go...

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5:07pm

Mon August 25, 2014
All Tech Considered

Amazon Buys Twitch, Proving Gaming Live Streams Are Golden

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:10 pm

Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch.
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There's another billion-dollar buyout in tech today [OK, it's about $970 million, but close enough] and this time it's Amazon's purchase of the video game streaming service Twitch.

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5:47pm

Wed August 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 8:30 pm

A memorial sits at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo. Any investigation into his shooting by a police officer is likely to take months.
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Both the county case and the federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown are expected to take time, as are basic answers about the circumstances that led to the black teenager's death Aug. 9.

About two dozen people showed up Wednesday in front of the St. Louis County Courthouse to demonstrate against County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who is preparing to present evidence in the case to a grand jury.

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5:00pm

Tue August 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 8:30 pm

Teachers with the Jennings School District pick up trash Tuesday on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., the scene of nightly police clashes. Jennings and the neighboring Ferguson school district have canceled class due to ongoing unrest.
Elise Hu NPR

Chaos and unrest overnight have kept the National Guard in the suburban town of Ferguson, Mo., for a second day, and the local school district has canceled classes for the week. After two nights of violent clashes this week, neighboring Jennings School District is out of class, too.

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5:14pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Amid Continued Chaos In Ferguson, A Second Autopsy Is Released

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:18 pm

A preliminary, independent autopsy report has been released in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Requested by the family, the autopsy finds that Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot six times by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. This news follows the most violent night of protests there since the shooting.

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5:03pm

Sun August 17, 2014
The Two-Way

In Ferguson, Local Faith Leaders Call For 'Different Dialogue'

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 2:56 pm

Ferguson residents pass out "I heart Ferg" yard signs at a local coffee shop.
Elise Hu NPR

On a quiet morning after another difficult night in Ferguson, businesses along the streets put up signs in their windows reading "I Heart Ferg." Former Mayor Brian Fletcher is passing out more.

"We're going to raise $5,000 by tomorrow at noon for yard signs," Fletcher says.

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3:33pm

Wed August 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

On Net Neutrality, California Cares; Texas? Not So Much

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When nearly 1.1 million net neutrality comments flooded the Federal Communications Commission this spring into the summer, they came from around the country. But the interest in open-Internet topics doesn't spread out evenly across the United States.

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1:24pm

Tue August 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

A Fascinating Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:38 pm

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When the Federal Communications Commission asked for public comments about the issue of keeping the Internet free and open, the response was huge.

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8:08am

Sat August 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: The CIA Apologizes, Twitter Soars, Foursquare Swarm

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:23 am

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. welcomes CIA Director John Brennan on Capitol Hill in 2013.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

We know you don't miss a single NPR headline, but just in case you did, here's our weekly look back at what we covered in digital culture, and what we recommend from our friends across the mediascape.

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1:12pm

Wed July 30, 2014
All Tech Considered

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:33 pm

Foursquare is about to unveil its new Yelp-like app, which meant moving the users who liked it for checking in to a new app, Swarm.
Courtesy of Foursquare

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