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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk, American journalist. Recipient Page One award Chicago Newspaper Guild, 1960; citations Overseas Press Club, 1967, 72, 73, Best Asia article award 1974; George Polk Memorial award for foreign reporting, 1975, Fulbright scholar, New Delhi, India, 1962-1963; Edward R. Murrow fellow Council Foreign Relations, New York City, 1974-1975. Member American Society Journalists and Authors, Society Professional Journalists.

Background

  • Kirk, Donald was born on May 7, 1938 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. Son of Rudolf and Clara (Marburg) Kirk.

  • Education

    • AB, Princeton University, 1959. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1965. Postgraduate (Ford Foundation fellow), Columbia University, 1964—1965.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Maryland, 2004.

    Career

    • Reporter Chicago Sun-Times, 1960—1961, New York Post, 1961—1964. Free lance correspondent, writer, since 1965. Asia correspondent Washington Star, 1967—1970.

      Far East correspondent Chicago Tribune, 1971—1974, New York and United Nations correspondent, 1975—1976. World editor, special correspondent United States of America Today, 1982—1990. Seoul correspondent International Herald Tribune, 1998—2003.

      Korea correspondent Christian Science Monitor, since 2004. Visiting fellow Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1986-1988. Fulbright researcher, Philippines, 1995-1996.

    Works

    • Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine
    • For the first time, using original sources and his own reporting going back to 1972 when he met Kim Dae Jung at his home in Seoul, Donald Kirk explores the great untold story of modern Korean history.

    Membership

    Member American Society Journalists and Authors, Society Professional Journalists. Clubs: National Press (Washington). Overseas Press (New York City).

    Foreign Corrs. (Hong Kong). International House of Japan.

    Connections

    • Married Susanne Smith, May 31, 1965 (divorced). Married Emiko Hayashi, December 12, 1985 (divorced). Children: James Paul, John Winston, Christian Daryl.
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    • 1959
      Princeton University
    • 1965
      University Chicago
    • 2004
      University Maryland
    • 1960 - 1961
      Reporter Chicago Sun-Times
    • 1961 - 1964
      Reporter Chicago Sun-Times
    • 1967 - 1970
      Asia correspondent Washington Star
    • 1971 - 1974
      Far East correspondent Chicago Tribune
    • 1975 - 1976
      Far East correspondent Chicago Tribune
    • 1982 - 1990
      world editor
    • 1998 - 2003
      Seoul correspondent Intern, ational Herald Tribune
    • 2004
      Korea correspondent Christian Science Monitor
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