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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: One of the groups with the most at stake at this year's presidential election cannot vote. JUNG RAE JANG: Yes, I cannot vote, you know, go to the polls because if I do then I think it's a felony, right? MARTIN: That's because Jung Rae Jang is not a U.S. citizen. He's one of the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without authorization. But he's temporarily protected from deportation by President Obama...

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Chun Zheng has lived through a house fire, a flood and an earthquake. None of that, she says, compares to sending her infant daughter and son abroad to live with her extended family. "It's the worst hardship I've ever had to bear," says the 42-year-old hotel housekeeper, speaking in Mandarin. Both of her children — 7-year-old Joyce and 5-year-old Jay — were born in Boston. But for the first years of their lives, they stayed with relatives in Fujian, a southeastern province of China. Joyce...

When you think of Chinese food in the U.S., fried rice, lo mein or General Tso's chicken may first come to mind. But a new museum exhibition in New York City is trying to expand visitors' palates. It features stories of celebrity chefs like Martin Yan and home cooks whose food represents 18 different regional cooking styles of China. "I think it's unfair to just classify one Chinese cooking, per se," says Kian Lam Kho, a co-curator of "Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and...

African-American women have been wearing fancy hats to church for generations. That tradition is being celebrated at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture , which officially opens in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. Vintage turbans, caps and fascinators that span a half-century are on display — all from the shop of one woman. Her name is Mae Reeves. In 1942, a time when few women were becoming entrepreneurs, Reeves opened what would become a Philadelphia...

Mules named Sal are hard to find these days along the Erie Canal. But almost two centuries after workers began digging its route across upstate New York, you can still see barges pushed and pulled through what some consider the first superhighway of the U.S. As the canal prepares to celebrate its bicentennial next July, some are questioning whether the canal is still worth subsidizing. After the original canal was completed in 1825, the 363-mile waterway was a technological marvel. It...

Before Scott Kopytko joined the New York City Fire Department, he worked as a commodities broker in the South Tower at the World Trade Center. On Sept. 11, he rushed up the stairs of his old office building, trying to save lives with his fellow firefighters before the towers fell. "He went to work, and he never came back," says his stepfather, Russell Mercer. Almost every morning, Mercer and Kopytko's mother take turns visiting the cemetery across from their son's old high school in the...

Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the World Trade Center is still one of the world's most scrutinized construction sites. Developers have had to balance honoring the dead while reviving some of the most valuable real estate in the world. The latest addition now open to the public is a $4-billion, marble-floored train station. Every day, thousands stream through the World Trade Center Transportation Hub on their way to their new offices, shopping malls or the National Sept....

Back in 1972, John Lennon hired Leon Wildes, an immigration attorney who had no idea who he was. Wildes' son, Michael, remembers his father coming home to tell his mother about their first meeting. "And he said, 'A singer by the name of Jack Lemon and his wife Yoko Moto,' " Michael recalls. "My mom looked at him like he wasn't well. 'Are you talking about the Beatles and John Lennon?' My father said, 'Yeah!' " Over the next five years, Lennon and Ono were often caught on camera outside...

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