Korea-United States Journalists Exchange


American journalists visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, 2015

The Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, launched by the East-West Center in 2005, is co-sponsored by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation and Pacific Century Institute to increase public understanding of the two countries and their relationship. The bilingual 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. Following these study tours, all Korean and American participants meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu to share their experiences and new perspectives and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of each country can be improved. A total of nearly 184 journalists, including North Korean defector media, have participated in this program, and Americans have traveled inside North Korea on two different programs. The Henry Luce Foundation was also an early supporter of this Exchange.


2020 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

Due to the impacts and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, and our concerns for the safety of our participants and communities, the Korea Press Foundation (KPF) and the East-West Center (EWC) agreed to cancel the travel for the 2020 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange. We will host two remote seminars – one for the American participants to meet with Korean experts on September 2 and one for the Korean participants to meet with American experts on September 9. These participants will be invited to join the 2021 program tentatively in June.

The remote programs will focus on the Covid 19 pandemic’s impact on the Korean Peninsula, which was already facing tough issues. These include relations between North and South Korea, the US and ROK, and South Korea and its neighbors. The programs also aim to give both Korean and US journalists a clear understanding of how the Trump and Moon administrations are managing their alliance relationship despite the tensions regarding Washington’s request that South Korea increases its financial support for US troops stationed there. Additionally, due to the lack of progress in US-North Korea negotiations, the North-South Korea dialogue has been set back. North Korea refuses to progress further with the South until there is more headway in US-NK talks.

Korean journalists will explore conflicts between North Korea and the United States; the recent North Korea’s destruction of the joint liaison office with South Korea; US-ROK relations; regional neighbors; and other current issues. US journalists will focus on President Moon’s actions and policies on inter-Korean relations; US-ROK relations; and other current issues. All of these issues will be discussed in light of the Covid pandemic’s impact on both domestic and international relations and economies.

Theme: "2020 - A Year of Tough Decisions and Pandemic on the Korean Peninsula: Relations between North & South, US-ROK, and Neighbors"

September 2, 2020 for American participants
September 9, 2020 for Korean participants

Funding: The 2020 Korea-US Journalists Exchange is funded by the East West Center, Korea Press Foundation, and Pacific Century Institute. Sponsors will cover:

  • All international and domestic airfares
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Lodging in each of the study-tour destinations
  • Program-related meals
  • Cultural activities and networking opportunities
  • Interpretation services during the study tour


The participants are:

American Fellows

Ms. Lydia Emmanouilidou, Reporter, BBC/PRX/WGBH The World, Boston, MA
Ms. Katelyn Ferral, Reporter, The Capital Times, Madison, WI
Mr. William Hennigan, National Security Correspondent, TIME Magazine, Washington, DC
Ms. Kathleen Kingsbury, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, New York Times, New York, NY
Ms. Emily Lunz, Senior Writer, CNN International, Atlanta, GA
Ms. Brittany Tom, Field Producer, Dateline NBC/NBC News, New York, NY

Korean Fellows

Ms. Kim, Nan Yeong, Reporter, International News Desk, Newsis, Seoul
Ms. Kim, Young Joo, Reporter, Munhwa Ilbo (Daily), Seoul
Mr. Nam, Hyouk Sang, Director, Political News, The Kukmin Ilbo (Daily), Seoul
Ms. Cho, Hyo Jung, Deputy Editor, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, Seoul
Mr. Jin, Jong In, Director, Political News, Gangwon Domin Ilbo (Daily), Seoul
Mr. Choi, Min Woo, Editor, JoongAng Ilbo (Daily), Seoul


Contact Information

Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars & Journalism
Professional Development Program
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7727; Fax: 808-944-7600
Email:  journalismfellowship@EastWestCenter.org


You can also check the website for more program information and for a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/seminars


2019 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The 2019 program took six Korean journalists to visit Washington, DC and Honolulu, Hawaii; and six US journalists to visit Seoul, Busan and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. In the wake of the two summits between President Donald J. Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, Korean journalists explored conflict between North Korea and the United States including the threat of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles; US-ROK relations; and other current issues. The US journalists focused on President Moon’s actions and policies on intra-Korean relations; Korea’s cutting-edge information technology and social media; and South Korea’s economy and trade policies.

Following these study tours, the journalists ended with a one-day dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu, where the Koreans and Americans shared their travel experiences and new perspectives; and exchanged opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

The 2019 Korea-United Journalists Exchange participants were:

Korean Fellows

  • Ms. Yoo-jin Kim, Staff Writer, Politics Desk, The Kyunghyang Shinmun
  • Mr. Jong-hoon Ha, Reporter, Department of International Affairs, The Seoul Shinmun
  • Ms. Tae-gyung Kim, Editor, Politics Department, The Kookje Shinmun
  • Mr. Jung-jin Lee, Deputy Head of Department, Foreign Affairs & Security Team, Yonhap News Agency
  • Ms. Beechyra Kim, Reporter, Current Affairs 1, Korea Broadcasting System
  • Mr. Sung-hyun Cho, Vice Editor, 8news Team, Seoul Broadcasting System

U.S. Fellows

  • Mr. Daniel Boyce, Military Reporter, Colorado Public Radio, Centennial, CO
  • Mr. Elias Groll, Staff Writer, Foreign Policy, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent, The Christian Science Monitor, Sacramento, CA
  • Ms. Irene Noguchi, Executive Producer, “Today, Explained,” Vox Media, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Rebecca Palsha, Senior Reporter/Anchor, KTUU (NBC-affiliate), Anchorage, AK
  • Mr. John Rash, Editorial Writer and Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN