Wall Street Journal’s Seoul bureau chief to address North Korea
Jonathan Cheng, Wall Street Journal Seoul bureau chief

Jonathan Cheng, the Wall Street Journal’s bureau chief in Seoul, Korea, will speak Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Horner Center, room 102. The address is open to the public, free of charge.

A native of Toronto, Cheng oversees the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the Korean peninsula, including North Korean and South Korean politics and South Korean businesses such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG.

Cheng states, "Covering North Korea is unlike any other assignment that a newspaper reporter can ever be given. Even basic facts -- the age of the leader, the population of the country -- are impossible to verify. Access to the country is nearly nonexistent. And the country has gone to great lengths to shroud itself in mythology, half-truths and sheer lies, making it so difficult to know what to believe."

His presentation, "How Do You Cover a Country Like North Korea?," will examine the nation, its desires, willingness to fight the U.S., and how reporters try to make sense of it.

Cheng has covered North Korea for the past four years for The Wall Street Journal and has visited the country twice, including this September. He was previously a reporter in New York, covering stocks and trends in financial markets for Money & Investing.

He started his career in 2005 as an intern in the Wall Street Journal’s Hong Kong bureau, where he covered politics, corporate news, markets, real estate and casinos.

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