Doualy Xaykaothao

Doualy Xaykaothao covers breaking news from Asia for NPR News. She's based in Bangkok, Thailand, and her reports can be heard across all NPR News programs.

Xaykaothao joined NPR in 1999 as a production assistant for Morning Edition and has since worked as an NPR producer, editor, director and reporter for NPR's award-winning programs. As a producer for NPR's Newscast Unit, she was a member of the team receiving the 2001 Peabody Award for its coverage of the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Xaykaothao began reporting about anti-war protests from Seoul, South Korea. A year later, Xaykaothao was in the Phang Nga region of Thailand reporting on the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In 2006, Xaykaothao served as a fellow for the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS with a focus on women inside Nepal's 10 year civil war. Xaykaothao was also an Annenberg Fellow for NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles in 2007, and was part of the reporting team to receive a LA Press Club Award for breaking coverage of the California wildfires. By 2009, Xaykaothao was in Indonesia reporting on the earthquake that devastated Padang. In 2010, she reported about North Korea's deadly attack on a South Korean warship. When Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, Xaykaothao was the first NPR reporter to reach Fukushima to report on the triple disasters in 2011.

Xaykaothao is Lao-Hmong American. She was born in Vientiane, Laos, but raised in France and the United States. She attended college in upstate New York, where she specialized in television, radio, political science, and ethnic studies. Her radio career began at Harlem community radio station WHCR 90.3 FM, where she volunteered as news-reader. Later, at Pacifica Radio's WBAI 99.5 FM, she worked for the station's resident film critic, the late Paul Wunder. At Pacifica, she also coordinated and produced Asia Pacific Forum, a program on politics, culture and arts inside Asian American communities, as well as missed stories from Asia.

For those who are curious, Doualy Xaykaothao is pronounced "dwah-hlee sigh-kow-tao."

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Approximately 77,000 people in Texas have been receiving emergency unemployment compensation. These are the folks who had already exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits after six months. On December 28th, those federal benefits will end too.

Here’s how it will affect one single mom in Lancaster:

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Holidays can be tough for any family. But when family includes a child or children in foster care, the stressors can multiply. One foster mom in Tarrant County shares her story. (And just a note: We’re identifying the mother and her adopted children only by their first names, at her request.)

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The Railroad Commission of Texas has announced plans to hold a town hall meeting next week about the swarm of minor earthquakes in the Azle-Reno area.

But for now, residents might be reassured to know that geophysicists have placed a handful of small blue boxes, called NetQuake stations, inside homes, garages or schools along the Parker-Wise-Tarrant county line. The public can visit here to see ground movement in real time. 

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Target is recommending its customers, including those in Texas, pay close attention to their credit and debit card statements. The company says personal information on some 40 million card users may have been collected at its stores over the past month.

But this news didn’t discourage North Texans from shopping.

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A Dallas “ultra-marathoner” --- that’s someone who runs races four times as long as a standard marathon --- ran on a treadmill in downtown’s Victory Plaza for 12 hours.

Since Wednesday morning, Elysa Nelson was averaging nearly 5 mph, on one of three treadmills, strategically placed in public to raise money for the homeless in North Texas. 

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[Note: This story aired in 2013.]

About 20 earthquakes jolted North Texas in November 2013 -- and they kept hitting Parker County and parts of Tarrant County in December 2013.

This follows dozens of small earthquakes that have hit parts of North Texas in recent years.

What’s causing all of the quakes?

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Earthquakes keep rocking Azle.

On Nov. 26, another earthquake jolted the small town in northwest Tarrant County. And on Nov. 29, yet another one hit nearby. About 20 quakes rattled North Texas in November -- five of them in or near Azle.

(Update: Another quake struck Dec. 3 in Reno, which is near Azle. The quake registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 3.6 quake struck near Azle Dec. 8. And a 3.7 quake hit near Mineral Wells Dec. 9.)

The minor earthquakes haven't caused significant damage, but residents in Azle are getting nervous and seismologists are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. 

Some point to natural gas drilling that’s happening in the Barnett Shale, a massive geological formation that covers about 20 North Texas counties.  But a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center says more testing is needed to make such a connection.

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NaNoWriMo may sound like a disease. Or maybe a biotech startup.

But it’s actually the nickname adopted by National Novel Writing Month. And, in November, North Texans are among the 300,000 people across the country who are trying to write a novel in just 30 days.

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NaNoWriMo may sound like a disease. Or maybe a biotech startup.

But it’s actually the nickname adopted by National Novel Writing Month. And North Texans are among the 300,000 people across the country who are trying to write a novel in just 30 days.

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At least 30,000 Filipinos live in North Texas – and after last week’s typhoon in the Philippines, many in Dallas-Fort Worth are still trying to track down family members who are overseas.

Kristal Honie Abalos of Bedford is among them. She hasn't slept for nearly a week. Her mom, two sisters and a brother, plus 20 immediate relatives, are unaccounted for in Tanauan, a town next to the city of Tacloban, one of the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

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