Kyung Lah

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Kyung Lah
Native name 나경
Born Kyung I. Lah
(1971-08-27) August 27, 1971 (age 42)
Seoul, South Korea
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality South Korean[1]
Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Occupation Journalist
Employer CNN
Website
www.CNN.com
Kyung Lah
Hangul 나경
Hanja 羅經
Revised Romanization Na Gyeong
McCune–Reischauer Na Kyŏng

Kyung I. Lah (Korean: 나경, Korean pronunciation: [na ɡjʌŋ]; born August 27, 1971) is a South Korean journalist and correspondent for CNN.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2] She was also a writer for the school's Daily Illini newspaper.

Career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[3] They were both married at the time and Lah's husband also worked for NBC in the Los Angeles area.[4]

In late 2005, Lah joined CNN Newsource as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent.[5]

In November 2007, Lah became CNN's Tokyo-based correspondent.[2] 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.[6]

Controversy[edit]

Lah has written extensively about Japanese subculture, specializing in men who have married animated characters and video games that simulate rape.[7][8] 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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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."[1]

In late September 2011, she went on maternity leave. She returned on December 26, 2011.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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." 
  2. ^ a b c d "CNN TV - Anchors/Reporters:Kyung Lah". Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2005/03/knbc_staffers_f.php
  4. ^ http://mije.org/richardprince/3-fired-knbc
  5. ^ http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,1136148,00.html
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/KyungLahCNN
  7. ^ "Domain games Internet leaves the U.S. nest". CNN. October 16, 1998. 
  8. ^ "Do men really want to get married?". CNN. July 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.japanprobe.com/2012/06/29/cnns-kyung-lah-leaving-japan/

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