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Current Members

    • 손지애 Sohn, Jie-Ae
    • 이화여자대학교 국제대학원 교수, 전 국제방송교류재단 (아리랑국제방송) 사장, 전 청와대 대통령실 해외홍보 비서관
      Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University; former President, Arirang TV & Radio; former Presidential Secretary for Overseas Public Relations

    [생년월일] 1963년 5월 4일

    [학 력]

    o 이화여자고등학교(81)
    o 이화여자대학교 정치외교학과 학사(85)
    o 연세대학교 언론대학원 저널리즘 석사(11)


    o 뉴욕타임즈 서울사무소 취재기자(‘92~’94)
    o CNN서울지국 지국장(‘95~’09)
    o 서울G20정상회의 준비 위원회 대변인(‘10)
    o 청와대 대통령실 해외홍보 비서관(‘10~11)
    o 국제방송교류재단(아리랑국제방송) 사장 (2011 ~ Feb 2014)


    o 대통령 홍조근정 훈장(‘11.6.20, 대통령실)
    o 한국 참언론인 대상 특별상(‘09.5.27, 한국언론인연합회)
    o 국제인권보도 특별상(‘06, 홍콩외신기자클럽)

    Before joining USC as a visiting scholar, Jie-Ae Sohn served as the President of the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation (Arirang TV & Radio) from 2011 to February 2014. The government-sponsored broadcasting station is available in 188 countries and has the goal of spreading the positive image of Korea around the world.

    Ms. Sohn started her career by writing about the Korean economy for the monthly magazine Business Korea. She then went on to work for The New York Times as a Seoul-based reporter from 1992 to 1994. From 1995 to 2009, she worked as CNN’s bureau chief and correspondent based in Seoul, Korea. She provided continuous coverage of both South and North Korea for CNN.

    She served as the spokesperson of the Presidential Committee for the Seoul G20 Summit in 2010, and was the Presidential Secretary of the Office of overseas public relations at the executive office of the President for former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak from 2010 to 2011.

    Ms. Sohn was selected to be the CEO of Korea’s only English-language TV channel in 2011, becoming the first female head of a major broadcasting company in Korea. While serving as CEO, she was selected as one of the 32 Most Powerful Women in Asian Media by the Singapore magazine Content Asia.

    Ms. Sohn, born in Seoul, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & International Relations from Ewha Womans University and a Master’s Degree from Yonsei University Graduate School for Journalism and Mass Communication. She is married with three daughters.


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