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Korean Fellows’ Biographies

Jongil CHOI Changhoon JEON Esther PARK


Deputy General Manager, Political Affairs Deputy Head, Politics Department International News Reporter
Department The Busanilbo KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)
News 1 Korea Busan, South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
Changhoon Jeon is a deputy head of the Politics de- Esther Park is a senior KBS journalist with 20 years
Jongil Choi is a deputy general manager of News 1 partment with 19 years of experience at the Busanilbo. of experience.
Korea’s political affairs department with 12 years of experience. He has been accredited by major South Korean politi-
cal parties and government agencies such as The Office of the Prime Min- From 2004 to 2008, Park was an anchor of a radio program on current
In 2006, Choi began his career at Money Today where he was assigned ister, The Ministry of Unification and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. affairs where she conducted interviews with eminent Korean politicians.
to various desks including commerce and industry, culture, real estate Since the last presidential election in Korea, Jeon has been in charge of A few years later, she studied in the U.S. and conducted a study on U.S.
and international affairs. In 2013, Choi joined News 1 Korea and covering stories from the Cheongwadae (South Korea’s Executive and international politics at the State University of New York. Between
worked at the international affairs desk. He is currently captain of the branch). 2014 and 2017, Park was a KBS correspondent based in New York cov-
diplomatic security team. ering North Korea's nuclear tests, ICBM development, and human
In 2006, he won two prizes for his reporting on the Prime Minister scan- rights issues. She obtained exclusive interviews with Samantha Power,
Since 2015, Choi has written many articles about the future of dal. In 2007, Jeon exclusively reported on then presidential candidate Lee the then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Ojea Quintana, the
Eurozone, the two Koreas summit, and U.S.-North Korea relations. Myung-bak’s inappropriate comments regarding the Bu-Ma Democratic UN's special rapporteur for human rights.
Protests. In 2011, Jeon conducted an investigative report on the return of
Camp Hialeah. In 2012, Jeon exclusively reported on suspicions of plagia- Since July 2017, Park has been at the international news desk, focusing
rism and ghostwriting by a National Assembly member. on the denuclearization of North Korea, the Korea summit and the June
Yongkirl HAN 2018 U.S.-North Korea summit.
Editorial Writer Jungha KIM
The Segye Times Associate Editor, Political Department
Inyoung PARK
Joongang Ilbo
Seoul, South Korea Reporter
Seoul, South Korea
International News Desk
Yongkirl Han is an editorial writer at the Segye Yonhap News Agency
Times with 28 years of experience. Jungha Kim is an associate editor with 21 years of expe- Seoul, South Korea
rience at the Joongang Ilbo. After joining the newspa-
For four years (2005-2009), Han was a per, Kim spent most of his career at the politics desk
Inyoung Park is a Yonhap News Agency reporter with over 14 years of
correspondent in Washington D.C. where he covered the Six-Party covering the National Assembly.
experience. Upon joining Yonhap News in 2004, she worked on the
Talks, which took place between six countries on the topic of news desk in Chuncheon where she covered issues relating to military
dismantling North Korea's nuclear program. In 2008, he secured an Between 2010 and 2011, Kim studied in the U.S. under the sponsorship of
bases and the Demilitarized Zone. Through these experiences, she was
exclusive interview with Christopher Hill, the then Assistant Secretary the SBS Foundation where he conducted research on Asian security at
able to feel the reality of a divided nation.
of State. Han returned to Korea in 2009 and served as head of the Duke University. In 2015, Kim was dispatched to JTBC, where he was a
international desk. Since then, Han has successively filled various regular starter on a current affairs program. Earlier this year, Kim returned
In 2007, Park was part of a joint press team assembled to cover the test
positions, such as deputy manager, chief reporter and managing editor. to the Joongang Ilbo politics desk and was appointed Vice Head.
run of railway lines between the two Koreas. That same year, she cov-
ered protests against the Korea-U.S. FTA as well as news about Sam-
Since 2016, Han has served as an editorial writer focusing on In 2003, Kim was awarded the 34th Korea Journalist Award in Special
sung’s slush funds. From 2009 to 2011, she was assigned to the interna-
international issues. He also regularly writes a column on South Korea Article Reporting from the Journalists Association of Korea for his series
tional news desk where she covered Pyongyang’s second nuclear exper-
and U.S. affairs. In 2010, Han gave a speech called ‘Obama's Policies on South Korean party member lines. In 2005, for the first time in Korean
iment, the earthquake in Haiti, the Great East Japan earthquake, and the
and Shifting Power Relations’ at an International Media Conference. media history, Kim received a Special Citation for an International Entry
U.S. raid leading to Osama Bin Laden’s death. Currently, Park’s focus
from the Investigative Reporters and Editors for his series titled,
has been on the volatile state of international affairs.
“Children Trapped in Poverty.”
Korea Press Foundation
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KPF was founded in 1999 with the merger of the three media
assisting organizations. Since its foundation, KPF has played a leading role of 2018 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange
journalists training, media research & survey. It has more than 140 staffs
including 8 researchers with PhD.
The board members of KPF consist of professionals representing July 8-17, 2018
different social voices from functionally diversified areas of Korean media.
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US Study Tour: Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii


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opportunities for six Korean journalists to visit the United States and six
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