WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today the selection of its inaugural class of Fellows for its Korea Journalist Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early and mid-career, US-based journalists working in US media to develop a deeper knowledge of the most critical economic and security issues on the Korean peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific more broadly.

“The past year proved to be a crucial one for the Korean Peninsula and for trilateral relations among the US, Republic of Korea, and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO and former prize-winning editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal. “As preparations for a second Trump-Kim summit accelerate, this distinguished group of journalists will play a critical role in explaining the historic developments occurring on the Korean Peninsula.”

The Fellowship will begin in January 2019 and will include three private roundtables in Washington, DC as well as a trip to South Korea, where the delegation will meet with high-level government officials, seasoned journalists, and opinion leaders, enabling the Fellows to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the future of the Korea Peninsula.

By engaging with thinkers and policy shapers in Seoul and by working with leading experts in Washington, DC, Fellows will gain a better understanding of current attitudes, issues, and shifting perceptions that will affect the US-ROK relationship in years to come. Fellows will have the opportunity both to deepen and broaden their professional portfolios while building lasting ties with their counterparts in Korea.

The fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation; the Foundation plays no role in selecting Fellows.

The 2019 Class of Fellows:

  • Kylie Atwood, CNN
  • Megan Cassella, Politico Pro
  • Conor Finnegan, ABC News
  • Uri Friedman, The Atlantic
  • Olivia Gazis, CBS News
  • Michelle Lee, The Washington Post
  • Deirdre Shesgreen, USA Today
  • Adam Taylor, The Washington Post

For questions, please contact press@atlanticcouncil.org.

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