Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

American journalists visit the Wolsung Nuclear Power Generation plant in South Korea, 2011

The Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, launched by the East-West Center in 2005, is co-sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Korea Press Foundation to increase public understanding of the two countries and their relationship.  The program offers opportunities for six to eight Korean journalists to visit the United States and for six to eight United States journalists to visit Korea.

The Korean participants visit Washington D.C. and two other cities in the U.S. while the American participants visit Seoul and two to three other cities in South Korea.  Following these study tours, all Korean and American journalists meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu to report on their experiences and to exchange opinions on how coverage of each country may be improved in the other.

2015 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The 2015 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange was scheduled for November 8 – 18, 2015. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Exchange. While Koreans generally have positive feelings toward the United States, Korean media are questioning the Korea-US relationship, suggesting it receives the least US attention among the three Northeast Asian powers – South Korea, Japan and China. This Exchange provided an opportunity for journalists to look more closely at the US-South Korea military alliance, economic ties, and other aspects of this important bilateral relationship.

The program took seven Korean journalists to the United States and seven US journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, media and other members of the community. The journalists explored political, economic, social, media, technology and other issues.  Following these study tours, the Korean and American journalists met for a final dialogue at the Korea Press Center in Seoul and reported on their travel experiences and exchanged opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved. The journalists were also invited to events marking the 10th anniversary of the Exchange, co-sponsored by the Korea Press Foundation.


"Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between Korea and the United States"


November 8 – 18, 2015

Korean Destinations:

Seoul, Busan, and Jeju

US Destinations:

Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California

  All participants met in Seoul for a one-day concluding program.

Funding: The 2015 Korea-US Journalists Exchange was funded by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation, and the Pacific Century Institute.

The 2015 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange participants:

Korean Fellows:

  • Mr. Sangwon JEONG, Staff Reporter, The Hankookilbo, Seoul, Korea
  • Mr. Byeongcheol KANG, Reporter, The Seoul Shinmun Daily, Seoul, Korea
  • Ms. Haye-Ah LEE, Reporter, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, Korea
  • Ms. Jungmin LEE, Reporter, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Seoul, Korea
  • Mr. Junhee PARK, Reporter, Munhwa Ilbo, Seoul, Korea
  • Mr. Younghwan PARK, Deputy Manager, The Kyunghyang Shinmun, Seoul, Korea
  • Ms. Kyung-Im WOO, Staff Reporter, The Dong-a Ilbo, Seoul, Korea

U.S. Fellows:

  • Mr. Nicholas BAUMANN, Senior Enterprise Editor, The Huffington Post, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Andrea BROWN, Reporter, The Daily Herald, Everett, Washington
  • Ms. Melissa K. CHAN, Correspondent, Al Jazeera America, San Francisco, California
  • Ms. Janet H. CHO, Business Reporter, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mr. Bill DORMAN, News Director, Hawaii Public Radio, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mr. Stephen ROSS, Freelance Reporter/Producer, Tampa, Florida
  • Mr. Leinz VALES, Digital Producer, CNN, New York, New York

For information about the 2012 Korea-US Journalists Exchange, click here.

For a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges, see

Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, East-West Seminars

East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA

Phone: 808-944-7384
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