Chicago, IL USA
Website: http://www.jaehakim.com

Professional Experience

I'm a New York Times bestselling author and syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune newspaper group. I specialize in celebrity interviews, family travel, K-Pop and K-Dramas. A veteran journalist, I work with a pro photographer for my travelogues to turn in copy that's ready to run. CONTACT ME: jae@jaehakim.com


20 Years
15 Years
Book Author
15 Years


15 Years
20 Years
Other, Specify
17 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
15 Years
Book Publishing Consumer
15 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
15 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Chicago Tribune (10+), Los Angeles Times (3-5), Tribune Content Agency (10+), New York Post (10+)

Other Work History

My articles and critiques have appeared in Rolling Stone, Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly, as well as newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News. I have appeared as a pop culture resource on NBC's “Today,” A&E's "Biography" and E! Entertainment's news specials. As a K-Pop expert, I have been interviewed for outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and (the British glossy) Grazia.

Foreign Language Skills

Conversational Korean.

Work Permits & Visas

I have a valid U.S. passport.


Please e-mail me for references.


Two-time Peter Lisagor award winner for excellence in journalism. New York Times bestseller.


Asian American Journalists Association.

Work Samples


The main characters in television's K-dramas often demonstrate their love by attaching personalized padlocks on a fence on the tower's observation deck. It's a trend well-established in cities such as Paris and Prague, but the tradition has taken on an added dimension in Seoul. The fence has become a popular spot for adoptees and their parents to leave padlocks honoring the day they became a family.
Like most new parents, I had been stressed at the prospect of my first long-distance trip with a toddler. I don't think it's cute when he cries or screams in public; I want him to pipe down just as much as you do, trust me.
When I was young, I went through a phase where I hated Korean food. My mother would make fresh, home-cooked meals. And instead of realizing what a treat that was, I would ask why we couldn't just eat TV dinners like all my friends. But these days, there's no cuisine I enjoy more than Korean. And if someone else is willing to cook it for me, all the better! So when my family and I traveled to South Korea in the fall, eating well was a top priority.


Rap Monster remembers being blown away by the opulence of Las Vegas during his first trip there: “I remember the night view of Vegas, which was tremendous. I remember all the lights and people having fun. I saw a lot of people drinking, which was shocking to me then (since I was so young).”
I have a strong social media following. For instance, this interview I did with Bangtan Sonyeondan was retweeted more than 14k times; and liked by more than 22k fans.
There are few things in life that would be more difficult than to watch generations of loved ones grow old and die, while you live on for centuries without them. Such is the case with Kim Shin, a dokkaebi (goblin).


Not too long ago, I fell down and ripped the top layer of skin off my knee. As the wound started to heal, the scab, too, started to fall off. But enough of it was still dangling from my knee to be uncomfortable. To many people who don't want to hear about white privilege, I am that scab. My experiences, words and I are annoying reminders that life isn’t always what you want it to be.
• At 4, I wondered what a chink bitch was. • At 5, I came home from kindergarten singing, “Chink-a-chink-a Chinaman, sitting on a fence.” • At 6, I watched in horror as a blond boy called my father a motherfucking gook.
After being undrafted and waived by not one, but two, NBA teams last year–Jeremy Lin has become the sport’s latest sensation. And Asian Americans are loving it. Each time Lin shows off his skills on the basketball court or does an on-air interview where—surprise!–he has no accent, he helps Asian Americans get one step closer to being accepted as “real” Americans.