Doualy Xaykaothao is a newscaster and reporter for NPR.
She is responsible for writing, producing and delivering national newscasts. She also reports on breaking news stories for NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.
Xaykaothao first joined NPR in 1999 as a production assistant for Morning Edition, and has since worked as a producer, editor, director and reporter for NPR's award-winning newsmagazines. She's also worked at Minnesota Public Radio, and at NPR Member Stations: KERA, KPCC and KCRW.
For nearly a decade, Xaykaothao was also a correspondent based in Seoul and Bangkok, chasing breaking news in North and Southeast Asia for NPR. In Thailand, she covered the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In Nepal, as a 2006 International Reporting Project Fellow, she reported on the effects of war on children and women. In South Korea, she reported on rising tensions between the two Koreas, including North Korea's attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. In 2011, she was the first NPR reporter to witness and cover the aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdowns.
Xaykaothao is a multi-platform journalist whose work has won Edward R. Murrow and Peabody Awards. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Empire, and she has a Master of Arts (Business and Economics concentration) from Columbia University.
For those curious, Doualy means Shadow-of-the-Moon in her native Hmong language. She is a member of an indigenous hill tribe from Asia, born in Laos, but raised in France and the United States.
Bellecourt died on Tuesday night in Minneapolis, where more than 50 years ago he helped launch the American Indian Movement.
The two officers reportedly did not have their body cameras turned on, nor did the squad camera record the fatal shooting.
In Nepal, Maoist rebels have waged a war against the king for a decade. A visit to the heartland of the Maoist rebellion in Nepal reveals more about the roots of this decade-long civil war and its effects on women and children.
Thailand's beach resort communities have been recovering slowly since the devastating tsunami struck a year ago. Hotels have been rebuilt and tourists have returned. Residents of the resort towns will commemorate the anniversary, but after that, many want to look forward rather than back.
Monday's earthquake did not trigger a tsunami, but it did spark a scare across the region. Several countries along the Indian Ocean received early word of the possibility of a second tsunami, including Thailand, where tens of thousands fled to higher ground.