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Writer; Contributing Editor, The New Republic

Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Fall 2019


Suki Kim is an investigative journalist and novelist. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a post-graduate certificate in East Asian literature from the University of London. Born and raised in South Korea, Kim has traveled to North Korea since 2002, when she entered Pyongyang by joining a Kim Jong-il loyalist group for a cover feature for the New York Review of Books. In 2011, she went undercover for six months as an English teacher at a school for the teenage sons of Pyongyang’s ruling elite, during the final year of Kim Jong-il’s reign. Her literary, investigative documentation Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite (Penguin Random House, 2014) was a New York Times bestseller. Kim’s first novel, The Interpreter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), won a PEN Open Book Award and was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, and New Republic, where she is a contributing editor. Her essay on fear for Lapham’s Quarterly appeared in The Best American Essays 2018. Kim has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Fulbright, New America Foundation, and the Ferris program in journalism at Princeton University.

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