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Euna Lee (Hangul: 유나 리) (born 1972) is a Korean American journalist who has worked for Current TV since 2005.[2] Lee and fellow journalist Laura Ling were detained in North Korea after they crossed into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from the People's Republic of China without a visa. They were found guilty of illegal entry and sentenced to twelve years' hard labor in June 2009.[3][4] The United States Government protested the sentences, and implemented diplomatic efforts in order to secure the release of both Lee and Ling.[5] On 4 August 2009 Lee and Ling were pardoned by the North Korean government after a special humanitarian visit by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Euna Lee
Born
이승은 (Lee Seung-un)

1972 (age 45–46)[1]
NationalityAmerican
OccupationJournalist
Notable credit(s)
Current TV
Spouse(s)Michael Saldate
ChildrenHana Saldate

Lee was born and raised in South Korea, and moved to the United States in order to attend Academy of Art University,[6] where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Broadcasting. She graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2012.[7] She is married to actor Michael Saldate; they have a daughter, Hana.[8]

On 4 August 2009, former US President Bill Clinton visited North Korea in an attempt to free Lee and fellow journalist Laura Ling. The North Korean government pardoned both Lee and Ling after meeting with Clinton that day.[9][10] Human rights activists in South Korea accused Lee and Ling of placing North Korean refugees in danger through their actions.[11]

In 2011, Lee and Ling received the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.[12]

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  1. ^ "H.Res.555 – Expressing concern for the well-being of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee and urging the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to release them on humanitarian grounds". United States Congress. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Euna Lee resume". Act-edit.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  3. ^ Lee, Jean H. (2009-06-16), "NKorea: US journalists plotted 'smear campaign'", ABC News, archived from the original on 19 June 2009, retrieved 2009-08-03
  4. ^ "KCNA Detailed Report on Truth about Crimes Committed by American Journalists", Korean Central News Agency, 2009-06-16, archived from the original on 13 July 2009, retrieved 2009-06-17
  5. ^ Bosland, Katie; Netter, Sarah; Hinman, Katie (8 June 2009). "U.S. Fighting North Korea Labor Camp Sentence for Laura Ling, Euna Lee". ABC News. Archived from the original on 21 July 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  6. ^ O'Donnell, Dorothy (10 December 2015). "Telling Stories Behind the Headlines - Academy of Art University News". Academy of Art University News. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Euna Lee LinkedIn profile".
  8. ^ Abdulrahim, Raja; Garrison, Jessica (11 June 2009). "Friends speak up for L.A. journalists held by N. Korea". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 13 June 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  9. ^ "N. Korean leader reportedly pardons U.S. journalists". CNN. 4 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  10. ^ "North Korea: 2 US journalists pardoned". Google news. Associated Press. 4 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  11. ^ Choe, Sang-hun (22 August 2009). "In South Korea, Freed U.S. Journalists Come Under Harsh Criticism". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 18 December 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  12. ^ "UGA Grady College honors former Current TV reporters with McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage - UGA Today". UGA Today. 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2018-04-03.

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