Yong Sik Lee is prominent Korean journalist. He comes to the U.S.-Korea Institute with over 24 years of reporting for some of South Korea’s largest daily newspapers. Mr. Lee spent 17 years with the Munwha Ilbo (Daily Newspaper), the only nationwide evening paper in Korea. There, he worked on both the political and economics news desks, covering presidential elections, Ban Ki Moon’s UN appointment, and other important political and economic developments. From 2005-2008, Mr. Lee served as the Executive Managing Editor, the longest term any person has ever held that position at the Munwha Ilbo.
Prior to his years at the Munwha Ilbo, Mr. Lee worked for the Segye Ilbo, the Hangyoreh Shinmun, and the Seoul Shinmun (all daily newspapers in Korea). He has won several awards for his work, including the Korea Journalist Award (1991) and the Seoul Journalist Club Special Prize (1991). He has also written, The Birth of the Kim Young Sam Regime (1991) and translated The Reporter’s Handbook, published in 1996 by U.S. Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Seoul National University.