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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.


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


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.


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.



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.


Married Susanne Smith, May 31, 1965 (divorced). Married Emiko Hayashi, December 12, 1985 (divorced). Children: James Paul, John Winston, Christian Daryl.

Rudolf Kirk

Clara (Marburg) Kirk

Susanne Smith

Emiko Hayashi

James Paul Kirk

John Winston Kirk

Christian Daryl Kirk