AAJA-Asia member Jean Lee, Seoul bureau chief for the Associated Press, is a 2014 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation grant, American journalism’s oldest writing fellowship. The program — created in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, editor and publisher of Newsday — helps top journalists pursue in-depth reporting on national and international issues.
The new fellows will spend their fellowship months traveling, researching, and writing articles on their projects for the APF REPORTER, a quarterly web magazine published by the foundation.
Jean will pursue her project, “Inside North Korea,” joining other fellows investigating topics including Brazil’s battle for the Amazon, mental health and the American buffalo. Read about the other 2014 fellows here. As the chief of AP’s bureau in Pyongyang, Jean has already done extensive reporting from North Korea. Last year she spoke about her experiences on a panel at the New.Now.Next Media Conference in Hong Kong.
Alicia Patterson fellows in 2013 included Ian Johnson, a journalist covering China, and Stephanie Giry, who reported on the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.