Chong-ae Lee

Chong-ae Lee is a journalist at SBS (the Seoul Broadcasting System) in South Korea, where she has worked since 1995. She was the first female investigative reporter for the news magazine program News Pursuit where she worked from 1999 to 2003. This inspired her interest in how journalists should approach a victim of trauma so as to make a positive contribution while getting a story, and conversely how the journalist can handle his/her resultant trauma. She has won 21 awards including Reporter of the Year from the Journalist Association of Korea and the Korean Broadcasting Grand Prize. She is a 2011 Dart Asia Fellow, a regional program of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and also a 2012-2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is now working as a deputy editor in the Future and Vision Division of the SBS newsroom organizing the Seoul Digital Forum (SDF), an International conference on digital innovation.


Recent Posts by Chong-ae Lee

  • Chong-ae Lee on Korea's National Tragedy

    The sinking of the Sewol ferry off the coast of South Korea in April was a tragedy felt around the world, leaving nearly 300 dead, most of them young students. As Korea struggles to comprehend the loss, Korean journalists are reckoning with the consequences of their own failings, and the trauma of bearing witness. Chong-ae Lee reports from Seoul.

  • The Sewol Disaster: 10 Tips From Korean Reporters

    Korean reporters covering the Sewol ferry disaster faced challenges they were not prepared for. Here, they offer their advice and tips for colleagues on the lessons they learned, and the preparation they wish they had before facing coverage of such a tragedy. Click here to read Chong ae Lee's full report on Korea's national tragedy. 

  • View All Posts By Chong-ae Lee