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Daeyoung Kim

Senior News Reporter at KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)

Kim is the Senior News Reporter and Producer for the News and Current Affairs Division of KBS. Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) is, as a public broadcaster, considered to be the most influential media outlet in South Korea.

He started his journalism career with Yonhap News Agency.  In 2000 after a year, he joined KBS. He has worked at general assignment, international and political desks as a reporter and he has also taken part in the production of various current affairs programmes.

When he worked at the international desk in 2001 to 2002, he reported at the scene of a range of armed conflicts. In the spring of 2001, he traveled to Israel to report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, known as the ‘Second Intifada.’ In the fall of that year, the 9/11 (nine-eleven) attacks occurred. A month later, the U.S. waged war on Afghanistan. He was in Pakistan for three weeks, reporting on the war while trying to cross the border into Afghanistan. Although it was dangerous, he remembered being thrilled to be a part of a historic moment.

Most of his career has been centered on politics. Working as a National Assembly Correspondent in 2006 to 2007 and in 2009 to 2010, he got a chance to cover both the ruling and opposition parties. He also took part in the coverage of five recent elections. His key role was election forecasting. After the 2010 local election, he won a special award from the Korean Broadcasters Association for the accurate predictions of all 16 constituencies.

From 2010 to 2011, he worked as the Chief Producer of a show on North Korea called “Window of South-North”. At first, the show was a mix of news and culture and suffered from poor ratings. But through a major overhaul, he transformed the show into an authentic news programme that specialises on North Korea. As a result, its ratings doubled to around 10 percent.

Recently, he worked as a Foreign Affairs Correspondent, dealing with Korea’s diplomatic and security issues, as well as North Korea. He reported on President Park Geun-hye’s first summits with the leaders of the U.S., China and Russia. He also did in-depth reports on North Korea’s third nuclear test and the execution of Kim Jong-un’s powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek.

He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree (majoring in English Language and Literature) from Kyunghee University.