Pulitzer-nominated American journalist Jean H. Lee is a Seoul-based Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., an analyst for CNN television and a contributing writer to Esquire magazine and the New York Times.
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 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau, the only Western text/photo news bureau based in the North Korean capital. Since 2008, she has made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in addition to interviewing top officials in the course of her exclusive reporting across the country.

Lee was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature reporting in 2013. She has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and English literature from Columbia University, and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She serves frequently as a guest speaker and commentator on North Korea-related topics, appearing regularly on CNN, BBC, PBS NewsHour, NPR and other media outlets. She is a contributing writer at Esquire magazine, and has published commentary for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy and other publications.



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