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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Asia
7:46 am
Thu March 26, 2015

A Reporter Chauffeurs A Chinese Couple 500 Miles To Their Rural Wedding

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That's me (with scarf) in what's becoming my natural element, driving Chinese people around Shanghai and beyond for a series called "Streets of Shanghai." Usually, I offer free rides around the city so I can meet different kinds of people and get a sense of real life in China, where things move so fast a generation can be measured in five years.

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Asia
4:24 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Chinese Couple's Marriage Is A Mix Of Old And New China

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:58 am

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Asia
5:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

2 Brothers In Rural China Beat The Odds; Practice Law In Shanghai

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

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Asia
4:09 am
Tue March 24, 2015

500 Mile Free Ride Beats Crowded Train Over China's New Year

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:10 am

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Asia
3:46 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

New Chinese Social Media Policy May Be Used To Target Political Speech

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:13 pm

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