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 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.

Follow her on Twitter @elisewho.



Wed August 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: Hey, You're Taking Too Long In The Shower

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 8:16 am

The Uji shower head will be available for sale in early 2014. Its light turns from green to red as the shower progresses.
Courtesy of Brett Andler

This week's innovation pick is a shower head that reminds you you're taking too long. The Uji shower head gradually turns from green to red as users linger in the shower.

"It encourages [people] to take shorter and more energy efficient showers," said one of the co-inventors, Brett Andler. "By letting people become aware of how long they're in the shower, we've actually been able to cut shower time by 12 percent."

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Tue August 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:17 am

Researchers say Facebook use can lead to a decline in happiness and satisfaction.
Joerg Koch AP

Facebook's mission "to make the world more open and connected" is a familiar refrain among company leaders. But the latest research shows connecting 1.1 billion users around the world may come at a psychological cost.

A new University of Michigan study on college-aged adults finds that the more they used Facebook, the worse they felt. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, found Facebook use led to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction.

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Mon August 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

The End Of Buttons: The New Gesture-Control Era

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 6:58 pm

BlackBerry smartphones on a table during a "BlackBerry Brunch" in June in Berlin.
Timur Emek Getty Images


Fri August 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:24 pm

A rendering of the proposed Hyperloop's passenger transport capsule.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.


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Wed August 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

'The New York Times' Site, Apps Return After Two-Hour Outage

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

The New York Times headquarters in New York City.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

One of the world's most trusted sources for news is back up, after an internal outage knocked it out for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The New York Times' main site and mobile app went down a little after 11 a.m. ET, when users who tried to visit received a "Service Unavailable" message.

The news organization's Twitter account sent this message, before the site returned:

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Wed August 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

Man Learns How Not To Launch A Site For Women

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 3:02 pm

Bryan Goldberg is founder and CEO of Bustle.com, a new site targeting female audiences.
Courtesy of Bryan Goldberg

Bustle.com is a new women's site staffed by editors and writers from traditionally female-oriented organizations like Glamour and Seventeen but founded and led by a man, Bryan Goldberg. His previous venture was the multimillion-dollar sports site Bleacher Report. In announcing the launch of his new lady-targeted venture Tuesday, he wrote:

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Tue August 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

A rendering of a Hyperloop pod.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.

The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles per hour, which could get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes.

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Mon August 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Biggest Twitter Moments Ever Feature Beyonce, Romney

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:14 pm

At a peak of 268,000 tweets per minute, Beyonce's 2013 Super Bowl halftime performance was the biggest moment on Twitter, ever.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

The conclusion of Beyonce's high-wattage Super Bowl spectacular — and the subsequent blackout in the New Orleans Superdome — are the first and second most tweeted-about moments in Twitter history, according to the social media giant.

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Wed August 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Patch Designed To Make You Invisible To Mosquitoes

Researchers have come up with an innovative patch to help you win the war against mosquitoes.


Mon August 5, 2013
All Tech Considered

In Bezos' Purchase Of 'Post,' Tech And Media Keep Melding

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 11:46 am

Jeff Bezos, a tech titan and Amazon founder, purchased a venerable newspaper, The Washington Post.
Richard Brain Reuters/Landov

The news spread with the speed of the Internet: The Washington Post, a newspaper that helped bring down a president, would be sold to Jeff Bezos, the tech titan who started Amazon.

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