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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

Korean American Day 2018 - Recognizing Leaders in Journalism

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Event Date

January 12th 12:00pm - 12:00am EST

Event Description

Julie Ha has a 20-year journalism career that spans ethnic and mainstream news experience, with a specialized focus on Asian American stories. She worked as an editor for 10 years at KoreAm Journal, a distinguished national Korean American magazine, and served as its editor-in-chief from 2011 to 2014, during which time she led award-winning coverage of the 20-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. Ms. Ha has worked as a staff writer for the Hartford Courant in Connecticut and the Rafu Shimpo, a Los Angeles-based bilingual Japanese American newspaper, and was a reporting trainee at the Los Angeles Times. Her feature story about the dramatic influx of Korean immigrants into Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo won a first-place award from New America Media, and her profile of a heroic firefighter who failed to save a child drowning victim was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. For the past two years, she has been working on Free Chol Soo Lee, a documentary feature film that she is directing with longtime collaborator Eugene Yi. The film, which has won production grants from California Humanities and the Center for Asian American Media, tells the story of a Korean American death row inmate wrongfully convicted of a 1973 murder in San Francisco and the historic Asian American movement that forms to free him.

Chang W. Lee is a staff photographer for The New York Times. Mr. Lee was a member of the staff that won two 2002 Pulitzer Prizes: one for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York City and its aftermath; the other for Feature Photography for photographs chronicling the pain and perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mr. Lee was also among the New York Times journalists who won the 2008 Grantham Prize for “Choking on Growth,” a series that examined the effects of industrialization on the Chinese environment. In addition, he has won numerous awards in prestigious photographic competitions such as Pictures of the Year, the Best of Photojournalism and the New York Press Photographers annual contest.  

May Lee has been working in the media and communication space around the world for more than 25 years. She is a successful television, radio and online media journalist who has worked as a correspondent, anchor, host and executive producer for major networks and media institutions. Ms. Lee was the first Korean American anchor for CNN, co-host of Oprah Winfrey’s women’s network Oxygen Media and main anchor at CNBC Asia. As a correspondent, May has covered some of history’s most momentous events including the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong, the 911 attack in New York City and several U.S. Presidential elections. In 2007, May founded Lotus Media House, LLC, a media production and consulting company. It successfully launched “The May Lee Show”, the first pan-Asia talk show for the modern woman of Asia. Lotus Media House also specializes in helping businesses and individuals shape and build powerful and effective communication strategies as well as providing media training and production services.