Choe Sang-hun

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Choe Sang-Hun
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Choe Sang-Hun in Seoul, January 2013
Ulsan, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Notable worksCoverage of No Gun Ri Massacre
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2000

Choe Sang-Hun (Korean : 최상훈, born 1962) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning South Korean journalist [1] [2] and Seoul Bureau Chief for The New York Times . [3]


Early life

Choe was born in Ulju-gun, Ulsan in southern South Korea. He received a B.A. in Economics from Yeungnam University and a master's degree in interpretation and translation from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. [4]


Choe began his journalism career as a political reporter at The Korea Herald , an English-language daily. He joined the Associated Press's Seoul Bureau in 1994 and covered natural disasters, North Korea and 1997 Asian financial crisis. [4]

In 2000, he won the Pulitzer Prize in the Investigative Reporting along with Charles J. Hanley and Martha Mendoza for uncovering the massacre of Korean civilians by U.S. soldiers at the No Gun Ri bridge during the Korean War. [5] The series of investigative reports they produced on the No Gun Ri Massacre and similar incidents during the Korean War, published between September and December 1999, helped trigger broader private and government-sponsored investigations of wartime atrocities. He was the first Korean to receive a Pulitzer Prize. [6]

He joined The New York Times (then The International Herald Tribune ) in 2005 as its Korea Correspondent. He covered Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008 with four other reporters from the International Herald Tribune, winning awards, including Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. [7] In 2018, Choe was a member of the team of New York Times reporters who won the Overseas Press Club's Bob Considine Award for best newspaper, news service or digital interpretation of international affairs for its coverage of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. [8]

He was a 20102011 Koret Fellow in the Korean Studies Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, part of Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. [9]



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