Ko is a Korean American.
Her main breakthrough was with Modern Family (2011–20), where she worked as executive story editor, staff writer, producer, and executive producer. She also made an acting cameo, playing a receptionist in "The Future Dunphys" (2013), and directed two episodes ("Whanex?" and "The Prescott", 2019 and 2020). With Modern Family, Ko was the co-winner of seven awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (twice), the American Comedy Award for Comedy Writing, the 2013 Humanitas Prize (30 Minute Category), an Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series, a PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, and a WGA Award for Best Comedy Series Writing.
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