Jin-Seo Lee, 2010 winner
Jin-Seo Lee provided outstanding reporting in late 2009 on the plight of thousands of North Korean street children who have been abandoned or separated from their parents.
Jin-Seo’s investigative series, done at considerable risk, found that despite the best efforts of Korean missionaries, conditions for many North Korean orphans have been deteriorating. Some can be seen wandering the streets and train stations seeking food.
His coverage revealed that these orphans lack legal protection; therefore, many of the children cannot get adequate food, education or medical attention. In his reports, Jin-Seo’s captured the voices of a number of these children, thereby humanizing the story as never before.
“His investigative series was done at considerable risk inside China,” said BBG Governor Cullum. “In preparing his report, he took great care not to attract police attention.”