Jean H. Lee is a veteran foreign correspondent, an expert on North Korea, and mobile journalism pioneer. She is currently a Public Policy Fellow in the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.
She led the Associated Press’ coverage of the Korea as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. Jean became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau, the only Western news bureau based in the North Korean capital.
During her time in North Korea, she made many extended trips reporting on many aspects of life in North Korea, including visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies, and homes. Jean used Instagram to share photos of daily life from the Hermit Kingdom, and she was probably first person to upload a photo to Instagram using the Koryolink, North Korea’s only cellphone network.