2021-2022 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Journalist Fellowship Program
The Atlantic Council Korea Journalist Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early/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 Indo-Pacific more broadly. Apply at [email protected]
In partnership with the Korea Foundation, the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, recruited the program’s third annual class of Fellows in 2022. The Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Journalist Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early/mid-career, US-based journalists working in US media to make a reporting trip to South Korea. They meet with leading experts and government officials in Seoul and Washington, DC to develop a deeper knowledge of South Korea’s evolving role in Indo-Pacific geopolitics and across the world, as well as the most critical economic and security issues within and beyond the Korean Peninsula.
The overarching theme for the 2021-2022 program is South Korea’s rapidly evolving role within the shifting geopolitical and economic landscape of the Indo-Pacific. From the deepening of the US-ROK alliance in key areas such as critical technologies and trade, to the rapid increase in private investments made by South Korea’s leading firms in the United States and throughout the region, to Seoul’s growing “soft power” influence in pop culture worldwide, international media coverage of South Korea’s heightened presence within the region and the globe has expanded significantly. In the same vein, the 2021-2022 program covered a wide set of key policy issues, including: heightened tensions between North and South Korea driven by recent nuclear missile tests conducted by Pyongyang; the results and policy implications of the presidential election in the ROK in March 2022; Seoul’s stance on new regional multilateral security mechanisms such as the Quad and AUKUS; prospects for US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation; and other non-traditional security issues such as supply chain resiliency, energy security, digital trade, and emerging and advanced technologies.
The 2021-2022 delegation convened with several Korean Ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Unification, Office of National Security, and Seoul Metropolitan Government. The journalists also deepened US-ROK relations by meeting with organizations from diverse sectors including economically with LG Energy Solution, culturally through news outlets Chosun Ilbo and JoongAng Daily as well as HYBE entertainment company, and socially through engagements with North Korean defectors and visits to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the War Memorial of Korea.
Economics and Finance News Editor, POLITICO
Adam Behsudi is the Economics and Finance News Editor for POLITICO. He previously worked as a Communications Officer for the International Monetary Fund. Before joining the IMF, Mr. Behsudi spent seven years at POLITICO, helping to launch the trade coverage and chronicling the dramatic changes in US trade policy between the Obama and Trump administrations. Prior to this, he served as an Associate Editor for Inside US Trade. Mr. Behsudi attended American University, where he received his Master of Arts in Interactive Journalism. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Washington Correspondent, TIME Magazine
Vera Bergengruen is a Political Correspondent in the Washington, DC Bureau of TIME Magazine. Prior to joining TIME Magazine, she served as a National Security Correspondent for Buzzfeed News. In addition, she worked at McClatchy as an Editorial Assistant, Regional Correspondent, White House National Correspondent, and most recently Pentagon National Correspondent. Ms. Bergengreun attended Dartmouth College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government.
National News Reporter, NBC, MSNBC, US News & World Report
Erin Delmore is an Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist with experience across national and local television, digital, print and radio. Her work appears on BBC, NBC News, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, FOX News, FOX Business, CBSN, Cheddar, and Sky News. Previously, Ms. Delmore was a Digital Reporter and Producer for MSNBC and Senior Political Correspondent for Bustle where she interviewed high-profile lawmakers and reported on enterprise stories. Ms. Delmore attended Georgetown University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Government and English.
Washington Correspondent, South China Morning Post
Jake Fromer is the Washington Correspondent for the South China Morning Post. Prior to joining South China Morning Post, he served as the Washington DC Correspondent for NK News and has previously worked in the United States Senate. Mr. Fromer attend Tufts University, where he received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy.
Diplomacy and National Security Reporter, Foreign Policy
Robbie Gramer has been working at Foreign Policy for five years as a Diplomacy and National Security Reporter, covering the State Department. Before he joined Foreign Policy in 2016, he managed the NATO portfolio at the Atlantic Council for three years. Mr. Gramer is a graduate of American University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a specific focus on European affairs.
Writer, Vanity Fair
May Jeong is a Writer for Vanity Fair. She previously served as a Visiting Scholar at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and as a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Ms. Jeong is best known for her investigation into the MSF hospital bombing in Afghanistan for The Intercept. Her work has also been published in the New York Times and Harper’s. Ms. Jeong graduated from the Trinity College at the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts.
World News Editor, Axios
Dave Lawler has been working at Axios for five years during which he has served as Deputy News Editor, Associate World News Editor, and now serves as the World News Editor. Prior to joining Axios, Mr. Lawler held positions Editorial Assistant and Washington Reporter for the Daily Telegraph. He attended Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science with an International Relations Concentration.
Inwook Song has been a Producer at CNN for almost three years. Prior to joining CNN, he worked for both Fox Business Network and Fox News TV, holding several positions including Production Assistant, Associate Producer, Writer, Regional Producer, and most recently Producer. Mr. Song previously served as an International Researcher for the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and Operations Sergeant for the US-Korea Joint Military. He received degrees in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism and Political Science from Sungkyunkwan University, and Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
National Security Reporter, POLITICO
Alex Ward is a National Security Reporter and Author of the “National Security Daily” Newsletter at POLITICO. Prior to joining POLITICO, Mr. Ward worked at Vox Media where he held several posts including White House Reporter and National Security Staff Writer. His work has also appeared in Worldly, MSN, The Independent, CNBC, U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Scotsman and more. Mr. Ward attended American University, where he received his Master of Arts in International Relations and Affairs and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.