Meet Joon Lee on Episode 056 of Dear Asian Americans!
We celebrate Joon's successes in his journalism career, writing for publications like ESPN, The Washington Post, The Boston Herald, and more.
We support his work in sharing stories for all fans to enjoy, but with particular excitement those with the context which only he could provide.
We are inspired by Joon's decision to pursue a career not often chosen by Asian Americans and now serving as a role model and mentor to so many who'll follow in his steps.
About Joon (from his website joon.me)
I’m currently a staff writer for ESPN based out of New York City. I’m originally from the Boston area, but was born in Seoul, South Korea.
I previously worked for Bleacher Report and B/R Mag, where I interviewed and photographed sports & pop culture figures like David Ortiz, Kylian Mbappe, Jimmy Garoppolo, Chloe Kim and Action Bronson.
My work for B/R has been featured on Longform.org and The Sunday Longform, recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors & the Best American Sports Writing series. In 2018, I was named by a Media Rising Star by Folio Magazine.
My freelance work has appeared on The Ringer, SB Nation, Boston.com and The Hardball Times. I interned in The Washington Post in the summer of 2016, and have spoken to classes at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Cornell University and Boston University.
In 2017, I graduated from Cornell University, where I worked at the Cornell Daily Sun and student radio WVBR, after transferring from Boston University, where I worked on the Daily Free Press. In 2013, I graduated from Brookline High School, where I worked on the student newspaper, The Sagamore. From 2011 through 2014, I interned at the Boston Herald and WEEI.com, where I contributed to Boston Red Sox coverage.
I was named a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2016 by the Freedom Forum and an Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholar in 2012. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe named me one of the 75-best Twitter follows for Boston sports. In high school, I ran a YouTube channel, where I shot, edited and produced reviews of gadgets, smartphones, tech accessories and headphones.
I like to watch movies, collect Star Wars memorabilia and eat hamburgers.
Connect with Joon!
Highlights of Joon's work:
A Family Dream Come True and a Limitless Future: US Teen Chloe Kim Wins Gold (Bleacher Report): https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2759159-a-family-dream-come-true-and-a-limitless-future-us-teen-chloe-kim-wins-gold
Chloe Kim is Just Getting Started (Bleacher Report):
Inside the rise of MLB's Ivy League culture: Stunning numbers and a question of what's next (ESPN):
Washington Post articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/joon-lee/
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