Frank Langfitt

Frank Langfitt is NPR's international correspondent based in Shanghai. He covers China, Japan, and the Koreas for NPR News. His reports have included visits to China's infamous black jails –- secret detention centers — as well as his own travails taking China's driver's test, which he failed three times.

Before moving to China, Langfitt was NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi. He reported from Sudan and covered the civil war in Somalia, where learned to run fast in Kevlar and interviewed imprisoned Somali pirates, who insisted they were just misunderstood fishermen. During the Arab spring, Langfitt covered the uprising and crushing of the reform movement in Bahrain.

Prior to Africa, Langfitt was a labor correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covered the 2008 financial crisis, the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler and coal mine disasters in West Virginia.

Shanghai is Langfitt's second posting in China. Before coming to NPR, he spent five years as a correspondent in Beijing for The Baltimore Sun, covering a swath of Asia from East Timor to the Khyber Pass. During the opening days of the Afghan War, Langfitt reported from Pakistan and Kashmir.

In 2008, Langfitt covered the Beijing Olympics as a member of NPR's team, which won an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting. Langfitt's print and visual journalism have also been honored by the Overseas Press Association and the White House News Photographers Association.

Langfitt spent his early years in journalism stringing for the Philadelphia Inquirer and living in Hazard, Kentucky, where he covered the state's Appalachian coalfields for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Before becoming a reporter, Langfitt drove a taxi in Philadelphia and dug latrines in Mexico. Langfitt is a graduate of Princeton and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

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3:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Hong Kong Demonstrators Hope End Of Protests Not An End To The Fight

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:39 pm

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Asia
3:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Police Finish Dismantling Hong Kong Protest Sites

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:14 pm

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Asia
4:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Divide Occurs Between Hong Kong Democracy Protesters

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:57 am

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Asia
4:18 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Hong Kong Visitors Tour Protest Site Where History Is Being Made

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:22 pm

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Asia
4:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Make Last-Ditch Effort To Negotiate

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:19 am

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Asia
4:06 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Defiant Hong Kong Protesters Try To Blockade Government Headquarters

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:24 am

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Asia
3:23 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

China Has To Kick Smoking Habit Or Health Care Costs Could Be Huge

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:12 pm

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Parallels
9:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

After 2 Months, Hong Kong Residents Want Protesters To Head Home

A census by protesters estimates the main protest camp in Hong Kong is home to about 2,200 tents, but most are empty these days as crowds have dwindled.
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Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:15 pm

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, the longest of their kind on Chinese soil since the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, turn 2 months old on Sunday.

In early October, the demonstrations grabbed media attention around the world and galvanized Hong Kongers, but now most of them just want the protests to end. Independent polls show people overwhelmingly oppose the continued occupation of city streets because it's inconvenient and appears to be futile.

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Asia
4:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Make Solemn Retreat As Authorities Move In

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:50 am

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Asia
4:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Hong Kong Authorities Clear Area In Protest Zone

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:25 pm

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