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 profiles, but I have also written about travel, social justice, race relations, women's issues and family life. A veteran newspaper journalist, I turn in copy that's ready to run. I am enthusiastic, well motivated and have NEVER missed a deadline. Ever. CONTACT ME: jae@jaehakim.com Voicemail/Fax: (206) 350-5745


Book Author
10 Years
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20 Years
15 Years
15 Years


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

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Chicago Sun-Times (10+), Chicago Tribune (10+), Los Angeles Times (10+), Denver Post (10+), Tribune Media Services (10+), New York Post (10+)

Other Work History

I have a dozen experience as an on-staff reporter and critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Currently I have a column ("Go Away With...") that's syndicated by the Tribune Media Services, and runs in outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post. I am a New York Times bestselling author who also has radio and television experience. I was a week-long guest on NBC's "Today Show" with Matt Lauer; and I was a featured pop culture expert on A&E's "Biography" and E! Entertainment's specials. My stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, Amazon.com, Hollywood Reporter, the Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, People, Daily Variety, the New York Daily News, the New York Post etc. I have done entertainment reports and film reviews on Fox News Chicago and had my own regular segments on several Chicago radio stations. I've also been quoted in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and (the British glossy) Grazia.

Foreign Language Skills

Some Korean. Un peu francais. Very good at Pig Latin.


Authors Guild. Newspaper Guild. AFTRA.

Work Permits & Visas

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.


Chicago Film Critics Association. Asian American Journalists Association.

Work Samples


(New York Post 4/20/2011)
When author Dan Brown first visited Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland, the small, working church wasn't on any tourist maps. Though located just seven miles south of Edinburgh, Rosslyn didn't have the same cachet as, say, the more famous and majestic Edinburgh Castle.
(New York Post 10/25/2010)
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.
(New York Post 3/25/2011)
Say what you will about the Dells being a cliché or a haven for the overfed. I don't care. When it's cold and rainy out everywhere else, nothing beats spending the weekend at a warm waterpark. On our last trip to the Dells, my husband and I took our son, Kyle, and my niece, Lizy, to the Kalahari Re
(Chicago Tribune 10/29/2013)
Chris Hadfield garnered the attention of millions of music fans when he released his rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which was recorded from the International Space Station during his last mission. We chat about where an astronaut travels to for peace and quiet.
(Hartford Courant 9/2/2014)
Sheila E. chats with me about her new memoir, her travels and her relationship with her niece, Nicole (who was adopted by Lionel Richie).
(Chicago Sun-Times 11/12/2002)
Viggo Mortensen is muddied, tired and looking forward to digging into the food he's carrying on a tray. But first, he searches the make-shift cafeteria for his son Henry.
(Denver Post 6/24/2012)
Comedian Chris Rock returns to the big screen as one of the voiceover stars of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." Though he's been to Europe many times already, the 47-year-old actor has yet to visit Madagascar. "I'd love to go," says Rock, who lives in New York with his wife and children. "Jeffrey Katzenberg (founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation) always invites me to go, but I can't because of work or other things I have going on. One day, though. One day."
(Chicago Tribune 10/30/2012)
Famed Spago chef Wolfgang Puck is the latest judge on the "Top Chef: Seattle." Puck says he's excited to be a part of the 10th season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series. "The show is a lot of fun for me and I enjoy watching what the chefs come up with each week," says the 63-year-old author and TV personality. "When I was starting out, I knew I found cooking to be interesting. But I never imagined that people would enjoy watching chefs on television competing in the kitchen. It's wonderful."


(Chicago Tribune 11/20/2011)
A couple years ago, actress Katherine Heigl and her husband, Josh Kelley, adopted an adorable little baby girl from South Korea. No one would deny that they didn't deserve to be parents. But how did they circumvent the tedious rules for adoption?
(Chicago Tribune 2/15/2012)
Jeremy Lin is riding a well-deserved wave of goodwill and adulation. After being undrafted and waived by not one, but two, NBA teams last year, the 23-year-old point guard for the New York Knicks 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.
(Baltimore Sun 9/19/2012)
What a difference two months make. For the past dozen years, PSY has been a popular rapper and entertainer in Korea. Then in July, he uploaded his video for "Gangnam Style" on youtube.com, and the song went viral to the tune of more than 161 million views. Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Nelly Furtado tweeted about the song to their followers. "Gangnam Style" charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Music Video Charts, topping Perry and Justin Bieber and cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 64. PSY is now represented by Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun.
(New York Daily News 4/12/2005)
Once relegated to playing houseboys, prostitutes and extras on "M*A*S*H," Asian-American actors are now appearing on prime-time television not as exoticized versions of reality, but as real people.
(Chicago Tribune 12/14/2005)
In both the book "Memoirs of a Geisha" and its film adaptation, women fall into two categories: sexy geisha and conniving dragon ladies, two stereotypes about Asian women that linger today.
(Hollywood Reporter 10/31/2006)
Penelope Cruz is an anomaly. As talented as she is gorgeous, the 32-year-old thesp has defied categorization. She's a red-carpet favorite, and during her off-time, she's not above punking her good friend Salma Hayek.


(jaehakim.com 9/2/2014)
JiSun, do you remember my sister? She was the bright, artistic, shy little girl who sat next to you in school every day in Seoul. You both were about seven years old.
(jaehakim.com 7/31/2014)
Long before I became a fancy reporter (stop laughing, ya'll!), I worked in a factory.I also learned that prejudice sometimes is harbored by other minorities, who are afraid that their own social status will decline if they align themselves with another person of color.
(jaehakim.com 5/1/2014)
Don't forget what happened to Vincent Chin. Two men killed him and literally walked away without serving a day in prison. Lindsay Lohan served more time in jail for her DUI.
(jaehakim.com 4/26/2014)
News organizations are making the claim that Korean culture is partially to blame for the Sewol ferry disaster. Some even insist that had these been American children onboard, they would've escaped death. Shame on them for blaming the young victims of this tragedy.
(jaehakim.com 2/14/2014)
Valentine's Day is sold as a day of romance, where you buy each other romantic gifts. And, if you're alone, well, too bad for you. But Valentine's Day really should be a day about love, not just romance.
So, ya'll have read about Oprah and the salesclerk at some chi-chi Swiss handbag boutique, right? Ms. Winfrey wanted to see a purse that retailed for just under $40,000. The clerk repeatedly told her it was very expensive and wouldn't show it to her.