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.

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10:34am

Fri November 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Internal Emails Reveal Warnings HealthCare.gov Wasn't Ready

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 2:42 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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1:08am

Thu November 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 12:43 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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3:47pm

Wed November 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Tech Stats We Now Know About HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 6:01 pm

Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer, testifies before the House oversight committee about problems implementing the health care program.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The big numbers out today are the administration's counts of how many people actually enrolled in health exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first month, the government said.

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8:52am

Wed November 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

This Device Lets You Order A Pizza With The Push Of A Button

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 9:01 pm

Parts for the PiePal were 3-D printed.
Courtesy of iStrategyLabs

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Fill out our form.

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11:57am

Mon November 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Few Places Where Government Tech Procurement Works

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:52 pm

Kansas City is one of the cities making technology a bigger priority in its procurement processes.
Brent Flanders Flickr

The botched start of HealthCare.gov is just the latest big federal tech system to fail at launch, but information technology research group Standish found that during the last decade, 94 percent of the large-scale federal IT projects have been similarly unsuccessful.

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