IlJoon Cho is a journalist with more than 17 years of professional experience in South Korea. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he was on leave from The Hankyoreh, an independent and progressive daily newspaper that was established through nationwide fundraising efforts during the political transition from military dictatorship to democracy in the 1980s.
A staff writer and columnist with the international news team, IlJoon has reported on the Egyptian revolution from Cairo, as well as events in Israel, Palestine and Iran. In October 2011, he participated in the Regional Media Conference for Southeast and East Asia as the Korean Representative, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) in Manila. The conference, attended by some 50 senior editors and key journalists from nine countries, adopted the Manila Declaration to tackle current challenges in journalistic reporting on violence and humanitarian emergencies throughout the world.
During his tenure as a visiting scholar at ISIM, IlJoon studied various aspects of contemporary migration, applicable policies and approaches to migration and integration within Korean society. He was particularly interested in learning more about the growing number of North Korean refugees, migrant workers and their families who are coming to South Korea. Upon his return to Seoul, he hoped to write a book, based on his insights and experience gained during his time in the United States.