I’m a journalist, podcaster and an entrepreneur. Currently I’m the host of TED Talks Daily, the podcast from the non-profit behind TED conferences. Fresh episodes are downloaded a million times each day, in every country in the world. You can also hear me as the host of a couple business podcasts — Microsoft’s WorkLab and Accenture’s award-winning Built for Change.
Los Angeles-based, I work as a freelance TV correspondent at VICE News and a host-at-large for the radio and digital network NPR. In that role, I report stories and fill-in host on the network’s podcasts and radio shows.
I’m also co-founder of an LA-based podcast production company, Reasonable Volume. We make bespoke podcasts for brands and individuals. Check it out!
Between 2015 and 2018, I spent lots of time on planes, trains and automobiles as an international correspondent and NPR’s first-ever Seoul bureau chief. My coverage area included both Koreas and Japan and I chased stories across the Asian region. I returned to the US in fall 2018 to explore the future through a video show, Future You with Elise Hu. (It rhymes!)
I joined NPR in 2011 after helping launch the digital news startup, The Texas Tribune, where I oversaw video, the flagship podcast and reported for our partners at The New York Times. Previously, I worked as a television reporter in Texas, South Carolina and Missouri.
An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism, my work has earned a duPont-Columbia award, a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named me the “Best TV Reporter Who Can Write.”
In addition to my day job(s), I’m also writing my first book. It’s a non-fiction exploration of beauty, consumerism and womanhood. I’m also a board member at Grist and am a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.