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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3:38pm

Thu January 1, 2015
Law

New Year Brings New Batch Of Laws On Chickens, Recycling And Consent

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

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A batch of new state laws go into effect around the country today. They address issues including sexual assault, discarded electronics and animal welfare. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

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1:44pm

Tue December 30, 2014
Code Switch

Whites More Optimistic Than Blacks On Race Relations In The U.S.

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 2:48 pm

President Obama told NPR that he thinks the U.S. is less racially divided today than when he first took office.
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In a Morning Edition interview, NPR's Steve Inskeep asked President Obama if he thinks America has become more racially divided during his administration.

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4:11am

Tue December 30, 2014
Race

Fact Checking Obama's Assessment On Race

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2:55am

Thu November 20, 2014
New Boom

Despite Low Employment, Millennials Hold Key To Reviving South Texas

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:02 am

Olmo Maldonado (center) returned to his hometown of McAllen, Texas, despite the low employment rate for millennials.
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This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Welcome to boot camp for the young and unemployed in McAllen, Texas.

"We're going to go ahead and do this," says instructor Marco Lopez, leading a small classroom of millennials through do's and don'ts for job seekers inside a strip mall near McAllen.

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4:09pm

Sat November 8, 2014
Code Switch

As GOP Swept Congress, Black Republicans Took Home Historic Wins

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 5:33 pm

Republican Mia Love celebrates with her supporters after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday.
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The Republican Party made historic gains during this week's midterm elections. Among their victories were three wins by black Republicans, who seem to be building momentum for diversifying the GOP ranks.

Mia Love — who is Mormon and Haitian-American — is one of those three, and Republicans in Utah's 4th District will be sending her to Congress next year.

"Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress," Love told a crowd on Tuesday. "And guess what? Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!"

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