Melanie Kirkpatrick, Journalist and Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

It is a crime to leave North Korea. Yet in recent years, increasing numbers of North Koreans have dared to flee—through China and on to South Korea and the West. These fugitives, extricated by networks of Christian missionaries and human traffickers, are now transmitting important information into and out of their former homeland. In a discussion that reaches inside the borders of North Korea and into the lives of North Koreans, join author and journalist Melanie Kirkpatrick for a glimpse into some of the untold stories from those who have fled one of the world’s most repressive states.

Melanie KirkpatrickMelanie Kirkpatrick is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. From 1980 to 2009 she worked at the Wall Street Journal where she was a longtime member of the editorial board. During her career at the Journal, she served as deputy editor of the editorial page and op-ed editor, among other positions. She spent ten years in Asia, working for the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and, prior to that, for a division of Time-Life Books in Tokyo. She received the 2001 Mary Morgan Hewett Award for Women in Journalism from the Friends of the East-West Center in Honolulu. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of Princeton in Asia, and a director of the America for Bulgaria Foundation. She received an AB from Princeton University and a MA from the University of Toronto. 

Kirkpatrick is the author of Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad, which will be available for purchase and signing following the program. 

   TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

   Event Audio  (36.2MB, mp3) 

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