Korea-United States Journalists Exchange


American journalists vist 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 172 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.


2019 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The East-West Center announces the 2019 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange scheduled for May 26–June 4, 2019. This 13th Exchange will focus on North Korea, the US-South Korea alliance, and the economy. The program aims to give both Korean and US journalists a clear understanding of how the Trump and Moon administrations are managing our alliance relationship despite some differences in their approach to Pyongyang.

The 2019 program will take 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 will explore 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. US journalists will focus 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. The program will end with a one-day dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu, where the Koreans and Americans will share their travel experiences and new perspectives; and exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

Theme: "Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between the United States and South Korea: North Korea, US-ROK Alliance, and the Economy"

Dates: May 26 – June 4, 2019

Korea Destinations: Seoul, Busan, and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea

US Destinations: Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii

All participants will meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu for a one-day concluding dialogue.

Funding: The 2019 Korea-US Journalists Exchange is funded by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation, and the 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 2019 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange participants are:

Korea 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



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


2018 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The 2018 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, held July 8–17, 2018, took journalists to explore how the stress of the North Korea nuclear crisis affects US-South Korea relations. During their travel to South Korea, six US journalists gained a deeper understanding of the security challenges posed by North Korea from meetings with the US Embassy, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, North Korean defectors, the National Assembly and major news organizations. The private tour of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that divides North and South Korea was among the highlights.  Six Korean journalists met with experts from the Department of State, think-tanks such as Council on Foreign Relations and National Committee on North Korea, and journalists from major news media to discuss the Korea-US military alliance, bilateral trade and Korea-US relations under the Trump Administration.

Following these study tours, all of the journalists convened via web/video conferencing for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu and at the Korea Press Foundation in Seoul to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

The 2018 Korea-United Journalists Exchange participants were:

Korean Fellows

  • Mr. Jongil CHOI, Deputy General Manager, Political Affairs Department, News 1 Korea, Seoul
  • Mr. Yongkirl HAN, Editorial Writer, The Segye Times, Seoul
  • Mr. Changhoon JEON, Deputy Head, Politics Department, The Busanilbo, Busan
  • Mr. Jungha KIM, Associate Editor, Political Department, Joongang Ilbo, Seoul
  • Ms. Esther PARK, International News Reporter, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), Seoul
  • Ms. Inyoung PARK, Reporter, International News Desk, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul

U.S. Fellows

  • Mr. Cory BENNETT, Deputy Editor for National Security and Europe, Politico, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Michael KONOPASEK, General Assignment Reporter, Fox 31 Denver KDVR-TV, Denver, Colorado
  • Mr. Stephen NESSEN, Reporter, WNYC/New York Public Radio, New York, New York
  • Ms. Katherine PARK, News Anchor/Reporter, KCRA-TV/Hearst, Sacramento, California
  • Mr. Sean ROSSMAN, Multimedia Journalist, USA TODAY/Gannett, McLean, Virginia
  • Mrs. Joan VENNOCHI, Columnist, Op-ed Page, The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts