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South Korea welcomes its first woman anchor

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 19, 2020
Lee So-jeong paves way for women journalists in South Korea by stepping into the first ever shoes of a female lead news anchor for the country’s prominent broadcaster, KBS.
Lee So-jeong
Media in Korea   Lee So-jeong
Undeterred and prepared, Lee takes the spotlight in KBS’s “News 9” bulletin live studio, a newsroom previously monopolized by men until her ascension last year on November 25.

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Lee’s stellar work ethic and journalistic grit landed her the best female reporter award in 2006, a nod to her groundbreaking on site coverage of the Mexican rebellion army Zapatista and its leader Marcos in 2003.

A veteran in her own right, Lee has been on the run with the Korean Broadcasting Station (KBS) since 2003, reporting news from the finance sector, covering societal affairs and undertaking investigative journalism.

“A middle-aged male anchor would deliver leading stories followed by a younger female announcer who relayed lighter news to the public. Such was the standard dynamic of broadcasting stations,” revealed KBS. “We’ve decided to reverse the roles.”

The patrilineal hierarchy flips under Lee who reports weighty news items with a male announcer as her subordinate.