Director, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Wilson Center
Jean Lee is director of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy and currently serves as co-host of The Lazarus Heist podcast for the BBC World Service. Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau, the only U.S. text/photo news bureau based in the North Korean capital. She has made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in the course of her exclusive reporting across the country. Lee has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and English from Columbia University, and a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.