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Kyung Lah Bio, Age, Husband, CNN, Hurricane, Salary, Awards, Interview

Kyung Lah Biography

Kyung Lah is a South Korean-American journalist and CNN correspondent in Los Angeles. She began her career as a desk assistant and field producer at WBBM-TV in Chicago.

She graduated in 1989 from Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In 1993, she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.

Kyung Lah Age

Lah was born on August 27, 1971, in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Streamwood, Illinois. Her parents migrated to America when she was a child. As of 2018, she is 47 years old.

Kyung Lah Husband

Lah is married to her husband Curtis Vogel, a TV producer. The couple has a child together who they welcomed in 2011.  In 2005, she was alleged to have an extramarital affair with her field producer, Jeff Soto and this led to her being fired from KNBC-TV.

Kyung Lah Early Career

Lah began her career as a desk assistant and field producer at WBBM-TV in Chicago in 1993. In 1994, she moved to WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she became a reporter.

In 1995, She left WWMT-TV for KGTV-TV in San Diego as a reporter. In January 2000, she moved back to WBBM-TV in Chicago as an on-air reporter. Lah later moved to Los Angeles in 2003, to take a job at KNBC-TV where she was a morning reporter and a midday anchor.

However, in March 2005, Lah was fired from KNBC-TV over an alleged affair with her field producer Jeff Soto. They were both married at the time and Lah’s husband worked within Los Angeles.

Kyung Lah CNN

Late 2005, Lah joined CNN Newsource as a Washington, D.C. based correspondent. In November 2007, she became CNN’s Tokyo based correspondent with a Japanese interpreter always accompanying her.

Lah later left her post in Japan on 27th June 2012, for a position at the CNN bureau in Los Angeles where she works to date. On January 21, 2017, she spoke on CNN about the 2017 Women’s March as Donald Trump takes office.

This was about women taking part across the United States to send a message to Trump. she also spoke about the UC Berkeley Protest that happened around 5 pm. She has covered a wide range of stories at CNN.

Lah has also written extensively about Japanese subculture, specializing in men who have married animated characters and video games that simulate rape. As a result, Lah 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.

Kyung Lah Hurricane

In 2017, in hurricane hit Miami Lah has filmed warning residents of the strong winds and heavy downpour battering the city. She was filmed struggling to stand and being thrown back by the strong winds.

Lah narrowly escaped being hit by a signpost that came crashing down as she jumped backward. She warned people to be aware of the things happening around them. The storm left more than one million homes without power.

Kyung Lah Salary

It is not known how much Lah earns as a CNN correspondent.

Kyung Lah Awards

In 2015, Lah received a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form.

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Kyung Lah Interview

In an interview with Dynamic Korea in 2006, Lah tells us more about what Korea means to her.

What Does “Korea” Mean for you?

Lah: I am ethnically Korean. I was born in Korea, in Seoul, and immigrated here at the age of seven with my family. My parents were the typical Korean immigrants who opened up a liquor store in Chicago. The embraced the American dream, raised their kids and made sure to send them off to good universities.

My experience followed the standard pattern for Korean Americans. Much of my family life revolved around the church, and that is where I had my first experiences with the community. On Saturdays, I was at church for Korean study school and at service on Sundays. My experience was pretty representative.

What is the importance of Korea to you today?

Lah: For me having a connection with Korea is very important. In terms of my language skills, they are pretty good, although I have not had as much practice with written composition in Korean. Korean food is extremely important to me. I just adore Korean food. It is dangerous how much I love it.

But the important point is that I wear my ethnicity on my face. You never escape who you are because when people see your face, they are aware of it and sometimes make certain assumptions. I think about the larger question of being Korean every single moment in that context.

In terms of my behavior and values, I am not that different from the others I work with. I feel that it is critical for a network that represents the diverse United States to hire across the board ethnically. CNN has done an excellent job in this respect.

My mom loves to watch me on television and then the torments me. It seems like she managed to watch me every single time I am on television.

What does the word “Korea” mean for the average American?

Lah: It is hard for me to know because I grew up in such an unusual way. My father had a store in an economically depressed area of Chicago. So I had a distinct view of America in childhood. My parents spoke no English, zero. I translated everything into English for them. Whether it was tax forms, credit card bills etc. They did not know how to file for citizenship. I bridged a lot of gaps for them.

Americans see Koreans in a myopic manner because Koreans tend to sequester themselves within American society. I have felt frustration to some degree myself with how much Koreans see church as the center of their lives, but do not have a tradition of reaching out to the larger community. My family, and the Koreans they knew, did not do any outreach to the community. The most basic problem is that they did not know how to reach out. That gap created a problem with the community that they so wanted to serve.

Some Korean immigrants felt unease as people new to the country. Korean Americans in the future have to make an effort to reach out.

At the same time, there is a problem in the US of the next generation of Koreans not identifying with Korea themselves, not feeling any connection with that country. Sometimes we even see resentment on the part of younger Koreans that they had to play the role of translator and mediator with America for their parents.

What can we do to raise awareness of Korea among Americans?

Lah: I think that an awareness of Korea by Americans will be forced on them by developments. When President Bush lumped North Korea together with Iran and Iraq as the “Axis of Evil” he immediately put them on the map – as a threat, that is. So I don’t think that Americans will have a choice. They will have to learn about Korea.

My mom and I have joked that if North Korea actually launched some sort of an attack, it would suddenly be harder for us to get through an airport. So we are aware of how North Korea impacts us.

In terms of the role of Korean Americans, we are seeing greater engagement by what we call the 1.5 generation, Koreans who immigrated to the United States in elementary school.

I think that Los Angeles is a great example of what the Koreans of my generation can achieve in the next decade. Because of what happened after the Rodney King incident, there is an incredible surge of political activity, a striving for empowerment among people of my particular age group. You are seeing Korean Americans everywhere: the political scene, in the district attorney’s office, in business. My brother is a public defender now.

When we see that sort of commitment, it is just a matter of time before Korean Americans play a central role in our nation. At the same time that North Korea continues to be on the front page, forcing Americans to learn more about Korea, Korean Americans of my generation will move forward to educate people about what Korea means for America.

There are so an increasing number of prominent figures in media who are Korean Americans. Why is that?

Lah: As ridiculous as it may sound, Connie Chung broke so many barriers in the United States and made a path for us. Also, women like me actually learned English by watching television. So television English was extremely natural to me. Koreans have been called the “Irish of the East” because we have more of a performance-based, arts community than is true in other Asian communities. That combination makes the difference.

What are your interests outside of work?

Lah: I run all the time. I have competed in six marathons. I also enjoy yoga and read voraciously. And of course I watch TV to keep up. I don’t enjoy watching myself on TV all that much, however. I enjoy computers and when I have time, music. I love dance music.

Why did you decide on a career in journalism?

Lah: I started out as a poetry major at the University of Illinois, which has an excellent rhetoric program. I wrote for the University of Illinois newspaper the Daily Illini, where I had my own column. So that was the real beginning of journalism for me. My favorite process is finding the material and writing. I love writing up stories.

I find television quite challenging in that respect because you must consider visual and audio elements while writing concisely. Along the way in my career, I took classes in writing.

I enjoy the challenge of writing for multiple media formats. We take the technical and the academic, select the highlights, and make it accessible for a general audience. That is a compelling and creative process. We take a subject like North Korea and make it accessible. I have family in North Korea whom I have never seen, so it is particularly important to get that country right. The first thing that I want to avoid is people thinking I am crazy or evil because of what they have heard about North Korea. That is the image of Korea that is most powerful.

CNN has done an excellent job of covering the Korean Peninsula and East Asia. I am, however, domestic and have not been assigned there yet.

What did you do previously?

Lah: I have been at CNN for six months and I look forward to exploring all the opportunities that this network offers. I worked previously in Los Angeles for the local news. I was on camera all the time.

Tell us some memorable work you did related to the Korean American community.

Lah: I was a desk assistant at WBBM in Chicago and I was looking for stories to run. I was a recent college graduate and wanted to bring some new material to the table. I was flipping through the Korean newspaper and I saw an ad for plastic surgery offered by a beauty salon. I was so mad and frustrated. Why? Because the community was so insular it did not know that you do not need to get plastic surgery at the beauty salon. The scam was simply ridiculous, dangerous and illegal. A Korean had come into Chicago and was taking advantage of the innocence of the community.

He did not give them the adequate care they needed and charged them twice as much. That was the part that killed me.

I felt his actions were wrong and illegal. I brought the story to the station, as the only Korean working there. I would not have known if my parents did not get the Korean newspaper. I brought it into work and declared, “Here, this is a story we should do.” They loved it. The anchor at the time, Bill Curtis, a highly-respected investigative journalist, said, “Let’s do it.” I covered the story as the undercover producer. I was able to communicate with the doctor in Korean. He was arrested and the place was closed down. We ended a dangerous and exploitative program.