● Profiles of Our North Korean Reporters
(All the names our staff in North Korea are noms de plume.)
Kim is in his thirties and lives in the northern region of North Korea. He started his journalistic activities in 2009 while working as a company driver.
Lee is in her forties and resides in the central part of the country. She has successfully carried out two video reports from inside Pyongyang.
Paek, a mother of two in her forties, lives in the northern part of North Korea. She began her work as a journalist in 2005 after meeting Ishimaru during a brief border crossing into China. She says she wants to show the outside world North Korean society from a woman’s perspective.
Shim is a man in his thirties living in central North Korea. His 2008 report on the Hwanghae region became a global scoop.
Chang, in his forties, lives in the central party of the country. He works as a laborer at a worksite involved in machinery. He enjoys photography and hopes to become a photojournalist.
Lee Jun is in his thirties and resides in central North Korea. He used to be a laborer at a machine factory. In 1999 during the mass famine of the “March of Tribulation,” he crossed the border into China with his family. While living as a vagrant in China, he ran into Ishimaru who was making a report at the time. It was then that he decided to return to North Korea as a journalist to show the world the true situation there. He has been recording video within the country since 2004.
Kae is currently an economic official in North Korea in his forties. He has worked for many years in operations at a large company and is a Rimjin-gang collaborator.
Ryu, in his forties, previously worked at a trading organization in Pyongan Province. After serving in the military and graduating from Pyongyang Agricultural University, he worked for a while as an agricultural science researcher.
He then became a laborer for a foreign currency procurement company, where he was also a trade supervisor. He often went to China for this job.
In 2003 Ryu escaped from North Korea and currently resides in China where he does reporting.