Seoul, May 11, 2012 — The Asia Foundation recently announced that Lee Chong-ae, a veteran reporter with the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), has been selected for a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Ms. Lee is the first reporter from SBS, one of Korea’s most popular television stations, to be selected. She is the 26th Korean journalist chosen since The Asia Foundation began nominating Korean candidates in 1963.
The 75th class of fellows includes 24 journalists from the United States and abroad. Announcing the class, Nieman Foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski said, “This is an outstanding group of journalists poised to have a growing influence on their news organizations and on journalism more broadly. They represent a wide range of interests and backgrounds but share an intense commitment to using their year at Harvard to gain new knowledge, strengthen their work and enhance the prospects for journalism overall.”
The Nieman Foundation has hosted more than 1,300 journalists from 92 countries since its founding at Harvard in 1938. The fellowship enables accomplished journalists to spend the academic year at Harvard to pursue a specific project while taking courses. Ms. Lee will focus on countries experiencing rapid economic growth after long periods of colonial rule and military dictatorship.
The Nieman Fellows from Korea are supported by The Asia Foundation, the Sungkok Journalism Foundation, and YBM Inc.