Reporting North Korea


Reporting North Korea

Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1
Sidney Myer Asia Centre


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Join Dr Jay Song, Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies, and longtime journalist, Jean Lee, as they discuss the challenges in covering North Korea on the ground and the latest developments in the Korean peninsula. Jean Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012, she opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau. As a journalist, Lee made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in the course of her exclusive coverage across the country. During Lee's tenure, AP’s coverage of Kim Jong Il’s 2011 death earned an honorable mention in the deadline reporting category of the 2012 Associated Press Media Editors awards for journalism in the United States and Canada. Lee also won an Online Journalism Award in 2013 for her role in using photography, video and social media in North Korea, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature reporting in 2013.


  • Dr Jay Song
  • Ms Jean Lee