Staff

  • Kim Yong-jin

    Editor-In-Chief, CEO

    He cofounded KCIJ and is a member of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). As starting his career as a reporter in 1987 at KBS, Korea's public broadcaster, he organized the newsroom's first investigative unit in 2005. He also teaches investigative reporting at a graduate school.

Editorial board

  • Park Jung-seok

    Editor / Investigative Unit 1

    He was a member of KBS's investigative reporting team and cofounded KCIJ.
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2016), 'Colonial Collaborators: Medals and Power'
    -The 28th Ahn Jongpil Free Press Awards, Main Prize
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2015), 'Pro-Japan Collaboration and Oblivion'

  • Han Sang-jin

    Editor / Investigative Unit 2

    He bulit up his career as a writer of Shin-donga, a monthly magazine of Donga Ilbo. He joined KCIJ in 2015. He leads the investigative unit 1.
    -Free Press Award of the Year, 'The Chun Doo-hwan Project'
    -The 340th Journalist of the Month, 'The Spycam Empire'
    -The 115th Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Samsung Executive Files'

  • Sim In-bo

    Editor / Investigative Unit 3

    After 14-year career as KBS's reporter, he joined KCIJ in 2013.
    -Democratic Press Awards (2019), 'Criminal a.k.a. Mr. Investigator'
    -Media Publicity Journalism of the Year (2016), 'Panama Papers: Koreans at Offshore Tax Haven'
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the year (2015), 'Pro-Japan Collaboration and Oblivion'

  • Hwang Il-song

    Editor / Investigative Unit 4

    He was a reporter at Kookmin Ilbo for nearly 15 years before joining KCIJ in 2012.
    -The 120th Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'How They Spend My Tax Money'
    -The 91st Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Lawmaker's College Admission Cheating Scandal'

  • Choi Yun-won

    Editor / Data Journalism Unit

    He worked as a data journalist at KBS and MBC, two major public broadcasters of Korea. He joined KCIJ-Newstapa in 2013.
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2016), 'Colonial Collaborators: Medals and Power'
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2015), 'Pro-Japan Collaboration and Oblivion'

  • Choi Ki-hoon

    Editor / New Media Unit

    He started off his career as a journalist at YTN, Korea's first 24-hour news channel. He joined KCIJ-Newstapa in 2013 and now leads New media unit.
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Special Report: Election 2020'
    -Horuragi Journalism of the Year (2018), 'National Intelligence Agency's Whistleblower'

  • Jeong Hyeong-min

    Editor / Video Reporting Unit

    -Democratic Press Awards (2019), 'Criminal a.k.a. Mr. Investigator'
    -Horuragi Journalism of the Year (2017), 'The affair of Korean Marine abuse'

Investigative Unit 1

  • Im Sun-eung

    Investigative Reporter

    -The 307th Journalist of the Month, 'Investigation on Busan Marine Leisure District'
    -The 343rd Journalist of the Month, 'Firefighers and Carcinogens'

  • Kang Hyeon-suk

    Investigative Reporter

    -Good Reporting of the Year, Online, 'Lobbyist Leaks'
    -The 340th Journalist of the Month, 'The Spycam Empire'

Investigative Unit 2

  • Cho Won-il

    Investigative Reporter

    -The 347th Journalist of the Month, 'Heat Wave Death'
    -The 299th Journalist of the Month, 'Gov't Giving Favor for Sewol Ferry Defendants'

  • Kim Sae-bom

    Investigative Reporter

    -Democratic Press Awards (2019), 'Criminal a.k.a. Mr. Investigator'
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Lawmakers: the Tax Thieves'

  • Hong Joo-hwan

    Investigative Reporter

    -Mainly covers issuses related to freedom of press and media industry

Investigative Unit 3

  • Kim Kyung-lae

    Investigative Reporter

    After 13-year career as KBS's reporter, he joined KCIJ in 2013 and now leads the investigative unit 2.
    -Democratic Press Awards (2019), 'Criminal a.k.a. Mr. Investigator'
    -Horuragi (Whistleblower) Journalism of the Year (2014), 'Nuclear Power Apocalypse'

  • Cho Hyun-mi

    Investigative Reporter

    -The 91st Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Lawmaker's College Admission Cheating Scandal'
    -Horuragi Journalism of the Year (2014), 'Nuclear Power Apocalypse'

  • Oh Dae-yang

    Investigative Reporter

    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2018), 'Betrayal of Insurance'

  • Hong Yeo-jin

    Investigative Reporter

    -The 123rd Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Uncovering Hidden Wealth of Mega-Church Family'
    -The 115th Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Samsung Executive Files'

  • Kang Min-soo

    Investigative Reporter

    -Good Reporting of the Year (2019), Broadcast/Online, 'Lobbyist Leaks'
    -The 112th Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Following Lee Myung-bak's Money'

Investigative Unit 4

  • Kim Sung-soo

    Investigative Reporter

    -The 2nd Korea FactCheck Award, Fact-checking on film ‘Intention (2018)’, about Sewol Ferry Disaster
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2017), '[Exclusive] Blackbox, the Witness of Sewol’s Sinking'

  • Song Won-geun

    Investigative Reporter

    -Gender Equality Awards (2019), Documentary film 'My Name is KIM Bok-dong'
    -Korean PD of the Year (2016), TV Documentary on Current Affairs
    -Horuragi Journalism of the Year (2014)

  • Shin Dong-yoon

    Investigative Reporter

    -Gender Equality Awards (2019), Documentary film 'My Name is KIM Bok-dong'
    -The 198th PD of the Month

Investigative Unit 5

  • Kim Ji-yoon

    Investigative Reporter

    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2018), 'The Secret of Fake Science Factory'
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Implant Files: Secrets of Medical Implants'

  • Hong Woo-ram

    Investigative Reporter

    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2018), 'The Secret of Fake Science Factory'
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Implant Files: Secrets of Medical Implants'

  • Lee Myung-ju

    Investigative Reporter

    -Joined KCIJ in 2020
    -Mainly deals with international issues

  • Kang Hye-in

    Investigative Reporter

    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Special Report: Election 2020'
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Broadcast/Online, 'Delivery Riders' Deaths'

Documentary Production Unit

  • Choi Seung-ho

    Producer

    -Former president and producer of MBC. After being unfairly dismissed from MBC in 2012, he joined KCIJ and directed the documentary films, 'Spy Nation' and 'Criminal Conspiracy.'

Data Journalism Unit

  • Kim Kang-min

    Data Journalist / Data Analysis

    -The 1st Korea Data Journalism Awards, Open Data of the Year (2018)
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2016), 'Colonial Collaborators: Medals and Power'

  • Yeon Da-hye

    Data Journalist / Factcheck

    -The 2nd Korea FactCheck Award, Fact-checking on film ‘Intention (2018)’, about Sewol Ferry Disaster
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Implant Files: Secrets of Medical Implants'
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2016), 'Colonial Collaborators: Medals and Power'

Video Reporting Unit

  • Choi Hyoung-seok

    Video Journalist

    -Good Reporting of the Month, Broadcast/Online, 'Delivery Riders' Deaths'
    -The 112th Broadcast Journalist of the Month, 'Following Lee Myung-bak's Money'
    -The 20th International Amnesty International South Korea Media Awards, 'Criminal Conspiracy'

  • Kim Ki-chul

    Video Journalist

    -Korean PD of the Year (2016), TV Documentary on Current Affairs
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2017), '[Exclusive] Blackbox, the Witness of Sewol’s Sinking'

  • Shin Young-chul

    Video Journalist

    -Korean Broadcast Jouralist of the Year (2018), 'Betrayal of Insurance'
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Broadcast/Online, 'Samsung Executive's False Charge for Technology Leakage'

  • Oh Jun-sik

    Video Journalist

    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2018), 'The Secret of Fake Science Factory'
    -Media Publicty Journalism of the Year (2018)

  • Lee Sang-chan

    Video Journalist

    -Free Press Award of the Year, 'The Chun Doo-hwan Project'

Video Editing Unit

  • Jung Ji-sung

    Video Editor

    -Media Publicity Journalism of the Year (2016), 'Panama Papers: Koreans at Offshore Tax Haven'
    -Good Reporting of the Month, Online, 'Implant Files: Secrets of Medical Implants'

  • Yoon Seok-min

    Video Editor

    -Gender Equality Awards (2019), Documentary film 'My Name is KIM Bok-dong'
    -The 20th International Amnesty International South Korea Media Awards, 'Criminal Conspiracy'

  • Park Seo-young

    Video Editor

    -Democratic Press Awards (2019), 'Criminal a.k.a. Mr. Investigator'
    -Korean Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2018), 'Betrayal of Insurance'

  • Jung Dong-woo

    Graphic Designer

    -Creates computer graphics for all the KCIJ's contents

New Media Unit

  • Park Jong-hwa

    Social Media Producer

    -Creates social media contents and manages KCIJ's official social media pages

  • Lee Do-hyun

    Web Designer

    -Designs graphics and other materials for the website and social media posts

  • Heo Hyeon-jae

    Web Developer

    -Develops and maintains KCIJ's official website

Management Planning office

  • Kim Seung-geun

    Director / Finance, Administration & Security

    -Supervises overall business planning, financing and accounting

  • Jang Kwang-yun

    Manager / Membership Engagement

    -Manages membership engagement programs and film productions

  • Jo Yeon-woo

    Manager / Finance

    -A licensed tax accountant
    -In charge of financial operation and accounting

  • Jung Eun-a

    Manager / Human Resources

    -Manages human resource and legal issues

  • Park Soo-jin

    Manager / Membership Engagement

    -Manages membership engagement programs
    -Engages with committee and advisory board members

Contributor

  • Lee Jeong-ho

    Contributing Journalist

    -Former editor-in-chief of Mediatoday

  • Lee Eun-yong

    Contributing Journalist

    -Mainly covers broadcast and communications policies
    -Published several journalism books including 'The Cartel of Silence'

  • Choi Won-suk

    Watchdog Asia coordinator