Hansi Lo Wang

Hansi Lo Wang is a National Desk reporter based at NPR's New York Bureau. He covers issues and events in the Northeast.

He previously reported on race, ethnicity and culture for NPR's Code Switch team. Since joining NPR in 2010 as a Kroc Fellow, he's contributed to NPR's breaking news coverage of the 2013 tornado in Moore, Okla., the trial of George Zimmerman in Florida and the Washington Navy Yard shooting. He has also reported for Seattle public radio station KUOW and worked behind the scenes of NPR's Weekend Edition as a production assistant.

In 2014, he won the National Journalism Award for General Excellence in Radio from the Asian American Journalists Association for his profile of a white member of a Boston Chinatown gang. He was also a finalist for a Salute to Excellence National Media Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

A Philadelphia native, Wang speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects of Chinese. As a student at Swarthmore College, he hosted, produced, and reported for a weekly podcast on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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5:12pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Code Switch

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

Johanna Fernández, co-curator of a new exhibition about the Young Lords, points to pages of the group's newspaper on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
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They were under watch by the FBI and the New York Police Department. And by the early 1970s, the Young Lords emerged as one of the country's most prominent radical groups led by Latino activists.

Inspired by the Black Panthers, a band of young Puerto Ricans wanted to form a Latino counterpart to the black nationalist group. In fact, one of the founding Young Lords in New York City almost started a group called the "Brown Tigers."

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4:30am

Thu July 23, 2015
The Salt

Fast-Food Workers Cheer As $15 Minimum Wage Advances In New York State

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:40 pm

Labor leaders, workers and activists attend a rally for a $15 minimum hourly wage Wednesday in New York City. A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the increase.
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There aren't a lot of obscure government board meetings that warrant a watch party, let alone one with a marching band.

But that's how fast-food restaurant workers and their supporters celebrated Wednesday on a blocked-off street in Manhattan, as they watched a state panel recommend a $6.25 increase in their hourly wage, to $15.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

Facing Tough Competition, A&P Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:02 pm

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5:01pm

Wed July 15, 2015
Business

Iconic Toy Store FAO Schwarz Closes 5th Avenue Doors

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:01 pm

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Today for the last time, soldiers - toy soldiers - opened the doors of a New York City icon.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Are you ready to do it one more time?

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MAN: Guys, come on in. Welcome to FAO.

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5:01am

Tue July 14, 2015
Around the Nation

New York Will Pay Eric Garner Family $5.9 Million To Avoid Lawsuit

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:15 pm

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Around the Nation

'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

Former refugee Kuo Nam Lo, the reporter's mother, stands outside an old army barracks that's been converted into the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap.
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My mother's family fled communism twice.

The first time was from China. Then, after Saigon fell in 1975, they left Vietnam.

My mother, Kuo Nam Lo, was 24 when she spent her first few months in the U.S. at a refugee camp at a military base along a stretch of the Appalachian Mountains in central Pennsylvania.

"I've always wanted to come back here," my mother told me in Cantonese on a recent drive through Fort Indiantown Gap. "Son, you've made my dream come true."

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4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Business

Aetna To Buy Insurance Rival Humana For $37 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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Aetna, one of the biggest health insurance companies in the U.S., has announced a $37 billion deal to buy its rival Humana. This is a merger that could impact Medicare patients around the country, as NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

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5:09am

Wed June 24, 2015
Around the Nation

S.C. Retailers Caught In The Middle Of Renewed Debate Over Confederate Flag

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 10:06 am

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5:55pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Around the Nation

New Jersey's Top Court Rules In Favor Of Gov. Christie On Pensions

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

New Jersey's highest court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Chris Christie does not have to pay more money into the state's pension funds. The decision overturns a lower court's ruling that favored the unions who brought the lawsuit.

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7:43am

Thu June 4, 2015
Business

Ex-Employees Accuse CVS Of Racial Discrimination Against Customers

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:30 am

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The pharmacy chain CVS has been hit with a federal lawsuit. Some former employees claim that CVS stores in New York City are racially profiling black and Latino customers as potential shoplifters. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang has more.

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