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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3:15am

Thu June 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:53 am

Taxi drivers gather in Berlin before joining an anti-Uber protest through the city. It coincided with similar protests in cities across Europe.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.

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12:11pm

Mon June 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 10:42 am

A new interactive asks us to take a break from our endless stream of tweets and comments to examine who we are — morally — in the 21st century.
Courtesy of NFB Canada

One running thread here at All Tech is smartphone distraction, and whether our increasing dependence on connecting through our devices is bringing us together — or tearing us apart.

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10:37am

Sat June 7, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:46 am

Apple's Craig Federighi introduces the company's Home Kit platform during the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It's time for your quick rundown of the week that was in technology and culture.

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3:47am

Fri June 6, 2014
Parallels

The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 9:13 am

Chinese paramilitary police march at Tiananmen Square in Beijing during winter 2014.
Goh Chai Hin AFP/Getty Images

The days of the Cold War are long gone — no more zero-sum showdowns against communism, no duck-and-cover lessons in propaganda videos. But some scholars argue that something else has taken that conflict's place: a "cool war," pitting the U.S. against China.

That war is flaring up, and it's high stakes for American industry.

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11:28am

Thu June 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:39 am

The Chicago tech community balked at this Techweek Chicago invite, which the event has now apologized for.
Courtesy of Techweek Chicago

Times may be slowly a-changin' for the Y-chromosome-dominant technology sphere, where it's becoming a tougher environment to objectify women, at least publicly.

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4:18pm

Wed June 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

Girlfriend 'Complains A Lot ... Interrupts,' Developer Tells Conference

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 1:16 pm

A slide from a presentation at a tech conference in Berlin.
Courtesy of Markos Saha

The consequences of a dearth of women in technology are showing up again, this time in a show of sexism at a tech conference in Berlin. (See update at end of post.)

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11:57am

Tue June 3, 2014
All Tech Considered

John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 3:53 pm

Comedian John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Things are running smoothly now, but the Federal Communications Commission's public commenting system was so waylaid by people writing in on Monday that the agency had to send out a few tweets saying "technical difficulties" due to heavy traffic affected its servers.

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3:56pm

Mon June 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:57 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Into the quickly crowding field of automated home gadgets and appliances comes Apple, which announced HomeKit at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. HomeKit is its entrance into a nascent, fragmented market for home automation, aka the Internet of Things.

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5:20am

Sat May 31, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal

Rapper Dr. Dre is an executive at Apple, now.
Chelsea Lauren Getty Images for BET

The evidence of a lack of gender parity in technology keeps stacking up; this week we saw the fraternity-day emails of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and the diversity and gender breakdowns that Google's been reluctant to share. Let's get right into your week in review:

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12:37pm

Thu May 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 3:38 pm

A long line for a men's room at a 2009 tech conference in Omaha, Neb. Photos of this situation have now inspired a Twitter feed.
SleepyJeanne Flickr

When it finally published a demographic breakdown of its workforce this week, tech giant Google admitted, "We've always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it's time to be candid about the issues."

This is what the numbers showed: Google's staff is made up of 70 percent men, is 61 percent white, 30 percent Asian, and all other races and ethnicities don't register above 5 percent.

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