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36 Years Later, Foreign Journalists Discuss Covering The 1980 Gwangju Uprising

Gwangju Journalists Event
Chance Dorland
Written by Chance Dorland

Three foreign journalists who covered the 1980 Gwangju Uprising recently gathered in South Korea to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the event & also spoke at an open forum at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club to discuss both their recent activities in Gwangju & memories of covering the story. Alastair Gale of the Wall Street Journal hosted the event where Bradley Martin of the Baltimore Sun, Donald Kirk of The Observer, & Norman Thorpe of the Asian Wall Street Journal discussed how they traveled from Seoul to Gwangju 36 years ago to report the story to the world.

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 Interview answers, both in written & audio form, have been edited for length & clarity.

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About the author

Chance Dorland

Chance Dorland

Chance is an American journalist and radio enthusiast from a 1,000 person town in Iowa. After studying radio journalism and media communication at Emerson College in Boston, he's lived in NYC, LA, Germany, Colombia and his adopted home of South Korea. Chance has a diverse background of experiences after working for Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, OutQ News and SiriusXM Radio. He recently served in the U.S. Peace Corps where he taught English and hosted a bilingual radio program. You can find more of his projects at http://ChanceDorland.com.

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