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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10:03am

Mon December 9, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Team Podcast, Episode 4: HealthCare.gov's Epic Fail

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:08 pm

The disastrous rollout of the Obama administration's storefront for buying health coverage is now in a new phase — a slow recovery. But the questions about how something like this could happen and how a $600 billion technological failure can be prevented in the future made for dozens — dozens — of stories over the past 2 1/2 months.

For our latest episode of the tech team podcast, aka "Our So-Called Digital Lives," we take you through the failure of HealthCare.gov and explore the possibilities of how to prevent it from happening again.

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10:50am

Mon December 2, 2013
All Tech Considered

Getting To Know Black Innovators, One Tweet At A Time

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 12:37 pm

Pitch Mixer founder Ayori Selassie speaks at an entrepreneur forum.
Tamara Orozco

There is no question that Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Silicon Beach and all of the other places we associate with tech entrepreneurism face diversity problems.

African-American innovators represent just 5 percent of America's scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

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10:03am

Thu November 28, 2013
All Tech Considered

HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:07 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits navigators helping enroll people on HealthCare.gov.
Lynne Sladky AP

Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.

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5:29pm

Tue November 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Misery Of Holiday Travel, In One Real-Time Map

The FlightAware Misery Map combines weather and flight data into a live map.
FlightAware

As I write this, snowstorms are swirling over the East Coast, threatening Thanksgiving holiday travel plans for millions of travelers. How much time in the purgatory of airports will this mean for you? Check out FlightAware's MiseryMap, which combines weather and flight data into a live map that lists which airports are being struck by storms, the number of delays and cancellations, and graphs that show flight destinations and the chances they'll actually make it on time.

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5:04am

Thu November 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

How HealthCare.gov Is Giving A Once-Obscure Bill A Boost

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 10:42 am

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (right) reacts to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., at a May hearing. The two are co-authors of a federal IT reform bill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

As federal tech launches go, it's not just HealthCare.gov that didn't take off. A report from IT research firm the Standish Group finds that 94 percent of federal IT projects come in late, over budget or get scrapped completely.

President Obama focused on the issue of procuring technology for the federal government in a recent interview.

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11:35am

Wed November 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Team Podcast Episode 2: The Sharing Economy

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 5:13 pm

NPR correspondents Laura Sydell and Steve Henn introduce this week's tech team podcast from a garage in Silicon Valley.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Keeping with our just-started tradition, all the features that we do during our themed reporting week get a new home in a podcast on SoundCloud. The first episode featured kids and technology, this time around, our four stories on the sharing economy get freshened up and hosted by our Silicon Valley correspondents, Steve Henn and Laura Sydell. Just press play or download for your device.

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12:12pm

Tue November 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

This Slide Shows Why HealthCare.gov Wouldn't Work At Launch

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 9:07 am

A slide from McKinsey & Co.'s outside review of HealthCare.gov, in the spring.
House Energy and Commerce Committee

This is a story of contrast between two popular methods of software development. One is called "waterfall," the other, "agile."

Waterfall development favors listing a huge set of requirements for a system up front, letting developers go away for months (if not longer) and expecting a huge software product in the end.

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3:45pm

Fri November 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Sharing Economy, The New PS4 And Snapchat

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 6:27 pm

The sharing economy was the feature of our All Tech theme week.
Are You Gonna Eat That Flickr

It's time for your week in review. In case you missed any of the technology and culture coverage on the airwaves and around the Internet this week, here's a look back:

ICYMI

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12:34pm

Fri November 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Internal Emails Reveal Warnings HealthCare.gov Wasn't Ready

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:42 pm

Henry Chao, the project manager of HealthCare.gov, is sworn in to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

HealthCare.gov could barely function on the day the health insurance marketplace debuted, and internal emails show at least some top health officials could see the failure coming.

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3:08am

Thu November 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 2:43 pm

Co-workers at Denver's Galvanize, a tech hub in Colorado's capital.
Elise Hu NPR

This week, we've been reporting on the sharing economy — a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools.

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