Rob Gifford

Rob Gifford is the NPR foreign correspondent based in Shanghai.

For five years prior to his assignment in Shanghai in 2010, Gifford reported from NPR’s London Bureau. From 1999 to 2005, he was NPR’s Beijing correspondent.

Gifford has reported from around the world for NPR, especially in Asia and Europe. Two days after the terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001, Gifford flew to Pakistan for the first of many reporting trips to the Muslim world.

Born and raised in the UK, Gifford worked for three years at the BBC World Service, before moving to the US in 1994 to attend graduate school. He also spent two years at NPR member station WGBH in Boston.

His first book, CHINA ROAD: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power was published in 2007 by Random House. CHINA ROAD tells of his 3,000 mile odyssey across China, following the country's equivalent of the US Route 66--called Route 312--all the way from Shanghai to the Kazakh border. The book is based upon a seven-part radio series that Gifford filed for Morning Edition.

Gifford holds a BA in Chinese Studies from Durham University, UK, and an MA in Regional Studies (East Asia) from Harvard University.



Mon March 21, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Tears Of Loss, Joy Are Common In Kamaishi, Japan

There was at least one piece of good news from Japan on Sunday. An 80-year-old grandmother and her 16-year-old grandson were pulled alive from a house in the north of the country, after more than a week in the rubble. They had been trapped in the kitchen and had survived by eating yogurt.

Those kind of stories have been rare since the tsunami slammed into Japan's northeastern coast March 11.

In the city of Kamaishi, several military personnel came out of a building with a stretcher and a blue body bag. Another body had been found.

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Sat March 19, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Japanese Calls For Help In Evacuating Residents

The Japanese government has evacuated most of the people within a 12-mile radius of the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The U.S. government, meanwhile, has told Americans to evacuate an area within 50 miles of the plant.

The Haramachi Central Obstetrics and Gynecology hospital is in the town of Minamisoma, right on the border of the exclusion zone. In recent days, the hospital has not just been taking care of mothers and babies, but also elderly people and anyone else who had not evacuated.

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Fri March 18, 2011

U.S. Rescue Team: Japan's Damage Is "Off The Charts"

As Japanese firemen work through the tsunami debris looking for bodies, they have been joined by a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Leader Dave Stone, who has worked recently in New Zealand and Haiti, says his team has never seen anything to "this scope and magnitude."


Mon March 14, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Emotions Fuel Searches For The Missing In Japan

Japanese officials say they fear that at least 10,000 people could be dead as a result of Friday's earthquake and tsunami. So far, about 2,000 bodies have been found. With so many people still missing, thousands of Japanese are crisscrossing the area where the tsunami hit in northeastern Japan, trying to find their loved ones.

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Mon March 14, 2011

Japan Struggles To Cope With Disaster's Magnitude

Authorities in Japan says the death toll could pass 10,000 in one northeastern state alone, following last week's earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese government is struggling to cope as it faces a growing nuclear crisis as well.