|Born||Kyung I. Lah
August 27, 1971
Seoul, South Korea
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Revised Romanization||Na Gyeong|
Early life and education
Lah was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Streamwood, Illinois, Lah graduated in 1989 from Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. She was also a writer for the school's Daily Illini newspaper.
Lah began her career in 1993 as a desk assistant and field producer at WBBM-TV in Chicago. In 1994, she became an on-air reporter for WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1995, she joined KGTV-TV in San Diego as a reporter.
In January 2000, she took a job at WBBM-TV in Chicago as an on-air reporter.
In early 2003, Lah moved to Los Angeles to take a job at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, where she was a morning reporter and a midday anchor. The Chicago Sun-Times reported at the time that Lah had turned down a "half-hearted (contract) renewal offer" from WBBM-TV.
Despite receiving high praise from management, Lah was allegedly fired from KNBC-TV in Los Angeles in March 2005 for an alleged affair with her field producer Jeff Soto. They were both married at the time and Lah's husband also worked for NBC in the Los Angeles area.
In November 2007, Lah became CNN's Tokyo-based correspondent. A Japanese interpreter always accompanied her.
On June 27, 2012, Lah left her post in Japan for a position at the CNN bureau in Los Angeles.
Lah has written extensively about Japanese subculture, specializing in men who have married animated characters and video games that simulate rape. As a result, she has been criticized by the Japanese blogosphere for focusing on the irregular outliers of Japan, rather than the hard-hitting news that was expected from her as a reporter for an international broadcasting company.
Lah has declared that she holds a very strong South Korean identity. In a 2006 interview with Dynamic-Korea, she revealed that she "[thinks] about the larger question of being Korean every single moment."
In late September 2011, she went on maternity leave. She returned on December 26, 2011.
- Dynamic Korea (July 5, 2006). "Korean American Lah Shines on CNN". Dynamic Korea. Dynamic Korea, Inc. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
I am ethnically Korean. I was born in Korea, in Seoul, and immigrated here at the age of seven with my family.
- "CNN TV - Anchors/Reporters:Kyung Lah". Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- "Domain games Internet leaves the U.S. nest". CNN. October 16, 1998.
- "Do men really want to get married?". CNN. July 8, 2009.