Elise Hu is a Los-Angeles based journalist, podcast host and media startup founder who hosts TED Talks Daily and other award-winning podcasts. She was a correspondent for VICE News Tonight and spent nearly a decade at NPR, as a regular voice on flagship shows All Things Considered and Morning Edition. As an international correspondent, she reported from more than a dozen countries and opened NPR’s first-ever Seoul bureau in 2015. Her experiences in Seoul inspired her debut non-fiction book, Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital, a Porchlight Business Book Award winner and one of Vox’s Best Books of 2023. She also created the Gracie-award winning video series Elise Tries. In 2009, Elise helped found The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit digital startup after stops at many stations as a television news reporter. Her work has won the national Edward R. Murrow and duPont Columbia awards, among others. She’s an alum of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Journalism school, the co-founder of the podcast production company Reasonable Volume, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the board of Grist. A mother of three girls, she spends an inordinate amount of time doing other people’s hair.