Hansi Lo Wang

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

In 2016, his reporting after the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., won a Salute to Excellence National Media Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. He was also part of NPR's award-winning coverage of Pope Francis' tour of the U.S. His profile of a white member of a Boston Chinatown gang won a National Journalism Award from the Asian American Journalists Association in 2014.

Since joining NPR in 2010 as a Kroc Fellow, he's contributed to NPR's breaking news coverage of the Orlando nightclub shooting, protests in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, and the trial of George Zimmerman in Florida.

Wang previously reported on race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's Code Switch team. He has also reported for Seattle public radio station KUOW and worked behind the scenes of NPR's Weekend Edition as a production assistant.

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.

Parades, social clubs and awards dinners are part of the routine of political campaigns everywhere. But if you're running to be Rhode Island's next governor, then there's one more stop you just can't miss.

Namely, the makeshift studios of Latino Public Radio, which is housed in a two-story, single-family home complete with a living room, dog and cat. This local Spanish-language radio station based in Cranston, R.I., was co-founded almost a decade ago by Pablo Rodriguez. Rodriguez...

The success of the Netflix series House of Cards lies in the details. The show has consulted with computer hackers and political scientists on storylines. Its characters regularly name-drop real-life political journalists, some of whom make on-screen cameos . And a few episodes feature actors speaking in Chinese. That's one detail, though, the show doesn't get quite right. My fellow binge watchers may remember the character Raymond Tusk speaking in heavily accented Mandarin Chinese during...

If there are any unwritten rules to playing Jeopardy! Arthur Chu may have broken them all. During his four-day winning streak in late January, he sometimes interrupted host Alex Trebek and cut in before the host could finish a sentence. He often jumped to the hardest clues on the board first and furiously tapped his buzzer whenever he knew the answer. The Jeopardy! contestant is set to return to the show on Monday, after making headlines and causing a frenzy on social media for his aggressive...

This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice. For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases. It will be another year before the program expands to other eligible federally-recognized tribes around the country in...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83Vd0Qx3sk More than 70 years ago Wednesday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that led to the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is marking the Day of Remembrance with a homecoming for the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Japanese-American veterans of World War II. The highest civilian honor given by Congress, the medal was presented at a...

Editor's Note: Code Switch has been engaged in a month-long exploration of romance across racial and cultural lines . Follow the Twitter conversation via the hashtag #xculturelove . The numbers are small but growing. More than 5.3 million marriages in the U.S. are between husbands and wives of different races or ethnicities. According to the 2010 Census, they make up one in 10 marriages between opposite-sex couples, marking a 28-percent increase since 2000. Newlyweds Louie Okamoto, 28, and...

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be marching down New York City's Fifth Avenue under new leadership this year. On Thursday, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that three members of the parade's board of directors, including President Madelyn Lugo and her husband, General Coordinator Luis Rivera, have stepped down. Ten new directors will join the three remaining directors on the all-volunteer board. (Nine of the new directors are listed here .) The changes...

Transcript MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: And I'm Audie Cornish. It's day seven of West Virginia's water crisis. More than half of households and businesses affected by last week's chemical spill now have safe tap water, that's according to the local utility, West Virginia American Water. Officials say they've been routinely testing for lingering traces of the chemical. Out of an abundance of caution thought,...

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his "War on Poverty," President Obama issued his own plan to combat poverty Thursday with the nation's first five " Promise Zones ." All "Promise Zones" will receive a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants, on-site support from federal officials, and, pending congressional approval, tax incentives for businesses hiring and investing in the community. The Obama administration plans to select a total of 20 communities over the...

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year — numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. You'll hear the stories behind numbers ranging from zero to 1 trillion. When it comes to race and film, the number of the year is 11. I started the count recently at a movie theater just outside Washington, D.C., where I met Kahlila Liverpool. We were there for a movie and a meal with the D.C....

What if you discovered the last name you've lived with since birth is fake? That's what happened in many Chinese-American families who first came to the U.S. before World War II, when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 banned Chinese laborers from legally entering the country. The law, formally repealed by Congress 70 years ago Tuesday, prompted tens of thousands of Chinese to use forged papers to enter the U.S. illegally. Today, their descendants are still trying to uncover the truth. Paper...

In the American criminal justice system, you have the right to an attorney. And if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. That's not the case if you're a defendant in U.S. immigration court. Immigration proceedings are civil matters, and the Constitution does not extend the right to court-appointed attorneys to immigrant detainees. But a new pilot program in New York City is trying to change that with the nation's first government-funded public defender service for...

President Abraham Lincoln stood on a battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa., 150 years ago and declared "a new birth of freedom" for the nation. That same year, an African-American man named Lewis Henry Bailey experienced his own rebirth. At age 21, Bailey was freed from slavery in Texas. His journey began in Virginia, where he was sold as a child in a slave jail. Today, the building where Bailey and thousands of slaves once lived before they were sold is the home of the Freedom House Museum and the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__FwNn-ZwHk A cast of New York lawyers and a federal judge debuted a new production on Friday off- off Broadway — all the way in Kansas City, Mo. Attorneys have gathered there for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's annual convention. For the past seven years, the meeting has featured dramatic re-enactments of historic trials involving Asian-Americans. The latest courtroom drama by the Asian American Bar Association of New York is 22 Lewd...

Howard University, one of the country's most prominent historically black schools, has hit a rough patch in recent months. The school's Faculty Senate recently voted no confidence in leaders of the school's Board of Trustees. That vote came just weeks after Howard's president announced a surprise early retirement and Moody's Investors Service downgraded the university's credit rating, as my Code Switch teammate Gene Demby has reported . Professor Gregory Jenkins has been tracking the...

In New York City, the country's largest police force has been involved in a high-profile legal battle over its stop-and-frisk policy. Few policies of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been as controversial as stop-and-frisk, the tactic New York police use to stop people on the streets without a search warrant. The police department says it's been vital in catching criminals and reducing the city's crime rate. Critics dispute those claims and say the NYPD has disproportionately...

Douglas Lee thought he knew just about everything about the family business. Since the late 1930s, the Lee family has sold insurance at 31 Pell Street in New York City's Chinatown. Their entrepreneurial roots in the Chinese-American community stretch back to 1888, when the Lees opened a grocery store at the same location. One hundred twenty-five years later, the family's longstanding history in Chinatown is on display in a new exhibit at New York's Museum of Chinese in America. When Lee and...

There's a true American saga on screens this weekend. Twelve Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon Northup. He was an African-American musician from New York — a free man, until he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., and sold into slavery. After an unlikely rescue from a Louisiana cotton plantation, he returned home and wrote a memoir , first published 160 years ago. But the end of Northup's story is an unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for years. A Story Brought To Life...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q14ooGPJZBs Twenty months after it first took pop culture by storm, the global sports craze known as "Linsanity" has found a revival on screen. Jeremy Lin's unlikely rise from bench-warmer to basketball phenom is retold in a new documentary called (what else?) Linsanity , which opened in select theaters on Friday. Back in February 2012, Lin, a high-scoring, Taiwanese-American point guard, fueled a seven-game winning streak for the New York Knicks — and seemingly...

The latest estimate by the Pew Research Center puts the number of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. at 11.7 million. This new number, based on U.S. government data, can be found in a report released Monday titled "Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed." The key word in that headline is " may ." As the authors write in the report: "Although there are indications the number of unauthorized immigrants may be rising, the 2012 population estimate is the...

For the third year in a row, the poverty rate has remained stuck at about 15 percent. Nearly one in six Americans was living in poverty in 2012, according to a new report by the Census Bureau. Despite a slow-moving economic recovery, these latest numbers show that for poor Americans, there are few signs of any recovery. Fatima Goss Graves, who tracks poverty and employment stats at the National Women's Law Center, called the poverty numbers a "disaster." She's seen the same dynamics facing...

The U.S. Supreme Court may have decided almost three months ago the case known as Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl . But the young Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica," who turns 4 years old on Sunday, is still stuck in legal limbo. Many child custody cases are inherently messy, but Veronica's case has been especially complex because she is an American Indian child. She is currently living in Oklahoma with her biological father, Dusten Brown, who is Cherokee. Meanwhile, a white adoptive...

Volleyball games are stopping traffic on one of Washington, D.C.'s landmark streets, Pennsylvania Avenue, this Labor Day weekend. More than 1,000 players from across the U.S. and Canada have gathered in the nation's capital to bump, set and spike in an annual tournament with unusual rules. Each men's team must have nine players, instead of six, on the court to play a street version of volleyball known as "9-man." The game became popular generations ago among Chinese immigrants living in...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Fifty years ago today, more than a quarter million Americans stepped out of chartered buses, trains and cars and marched towards the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. This morning, thousands have come again to the nation's capital to retrace those steps and commemorate the 50th anniversary...

They came by the beat of drums: grandparents with their grandchildren, community organizers and activists, church members and college students. A slow, early-morning trickle of foot traffic out of the subway and off tour buses grew into a steady stream. By mid-morning, thousands filled around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial for a 50 th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Many carried blue-and-yellow, poster board signs distributed by...

The brief friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama began close to 50 years ago with a handshake. Diane Fujino, chairwoman of the Asian-American studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, details the moment in her biography Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama . Kochiyama and her eldest son, 16-year-old Billy, were arrested along with hundreds of other people, mainly African-Americans, during a protest in Brooklyn, N.Y., in October 1963. "...

The conviction this week of mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger put an end to one of Boston's highest-profile crime sagas. Less well-known, though, is the case of John Willis, a white man from Dorchester, Mass., who was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering. Willis masterminded an organized crime group that distributed and sold hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills, according to prosecutors. What made Willis such an unusual...

UPDATE July 24, 2013: The South Carolina Supreme Court denied a petition for rehearing and ordered Baby Veronica's adoption by the Capobiancos finalized, as reported by NPR's Nina Totenberg . Less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court sent an unusually messy child custody case back to the lower courts, South Carolina's Supreme Court has ruled to end the long-running saga of Baby Veronica, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl . The lower court ordered on Wednesday that the adoption of 3-year-old...

The U.S.-Mexico border plays a starring role in the new FX series The Bridge . Characters in the television crime drama, which premieres Wednesday night, regularly cross back and forth through the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The show's dialogue also frequently switches between English and Spanish, setting a new standard for bilingual drama on American television. The story unfolds on the Bridge of the Americas, where a woman's body left on the border (literally)...

Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June, many questions have emerged about what the ruling may mean for same-sex couples. There's one question, though, that would seem easy to answer: How many legal same-sex marriages are there in the U.S.? The Limitations Of Self-Reporting It turns out the answer is actually very complicated — so complicated that even experts such as Bob Witeck, president and founder of Witeck Communications, a marketing firm...

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