Kyung Lah Biography
Kyung Lah is a media personality serving as a Senior National Correspondent for CNN based in Los Angeles. She covers the western US and beyond for CNN. Prior to rejoining CNN US, she worked as a Tokyo correspondent for CNN.
Kyung Lah Age
How old is Kyung Lah? Lah is 51 years old. She was born on August 27, 1971, in Seoul, South Korea.
Kyung Lah Height
She is 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Kyung Lah Nationality
Lah is American by nationality. She also holds a very strong South Korean identity. In a 2006 interview with Dynamic-Korea, she revealed that she “[thinks] about the larger question of being Korean every single moment.”
Kyung Lah Education
Lah graduated from Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in 1989. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. She was a writer for the school’s Daily Illini newspaper.
Kyung Lah Parents
Lah was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Chicago. She immigrated to the US with her parents when she was four years old and was raised in a household that was Korean on the inside and struggled to understand America on the outside.
Lah watched the assumptions of non-Korean customers walk up to their convenience store counter, mocking how her parents spoke English to their faces. Both of her parents with their master’s degrees had little value to their customers, who viewed them as simply, stupid.
“My parents succeeded in both my brother and I speaking crisp, accent-less English. My brother is a lawyer, and I’m a journalist, working in a profession where my adopted language is protected under the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution,” Lah says.
Some of her earliest memories of her mother are of her under the cheap neon lights of her parents’ little corner store, waving her hands in the air as if conducting an orchestra of one–me.
“They don’t see us,” her mother would say. “They don’t know how smart we are, they don’t know our family backgrounds, and they don’t know.” Her mother shared her fears that something could happen at the store – not because of the money in the cash register or the beer on the shelves, but because they were Korean.
“They don’t like how we look,” she often warned Lah.
Kyung Lah Siblings
Lah has a brother who is a Lawyer.
Kyung Lah Husband
Who is Kyung Lah’s husband? Kyung is married to Curtis Vogel, Vice President at Edendale Strategies. Edendale Strategies helps clients to hone their strategies and deliver their messaging effectively, especially in high-profile and high-stress situations where there is little-to-no margin for error. Prior to joining Edendale Strategies in July 2019, Curtis was a News Director at TDS Telecommunications.
In March 2005, Kyung was fired from KNBC-TV in Los Angeles for an alleged affair with her field producer Jeff Soto. Both Kyung and Jeff were married at the time and Kyung’s husband also worked for NBC News as the Today Show producer.
Kyung Lah Kids
Lah has a thirteen-year-old daughter with her husband Curtis Vogel. In March 2021, she wrote an article explaining how her daughter’s simple words reminded her why Asian Americans should be proud.
“I was reminded of this when my daughter, age 11, a product of her Korean American mother and a White rural Southern father, wrote a letter to herself,” Lah wrote.
She also has other kids. However, not much is known about them.
“Like most parents, my husband and I have struggled with how to keep our young kids busy during the pandemic without tearing our hair out,” she also wrote.
Kyung Lah CNN
Who is Kyung Lah? Lah is a Senior National Correspondent for CNN based in Los Angeles. She has covered the 2020 Democratic nomination for US President, assigned to cover Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Prior to that, she covered the political and cultural impact of the surge of women candidates who ran for US Congress in 2018. She remained one of the political correspondents covering the 2020 campaign but has also dived into the breaking news of COVID-19 in the Western region and the national economic implications of the pandemic.
Lah has also covered major US & global events in the last decade, from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the missing flight MH370 from Malaysia and the downing of MH11 from Ukraine. With her knowledge of the Asia-Pac region, Lah has covered the tensions with North Korea from the Republic of Korea and Japan
Before rejoining CNN US, Lah served as the Tokyo correspondent for CNN. In March 2011, Lah was in Tokyo when the 9.0 earthquake struck Japan. She remained in Japan covering the 15,000 killed in the tsunami and the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years at the Fukushima nuclear power plant triple meltdown. She was also the first US broadcast journalist to be taken inside the meltdown at the one-year anniversary of the disaster. Lah has reported extensively throughout East Asia, reporting stories of conflict and human struggle from China, Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Pakistan. In addition, Lah has interviewed numerous Japanese prime ministers as well as leaders from China and Pakistan.
Lah previously served as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource based out of Washington, D.C. She also reported on live breaking news events from the nation’s capital for approximately 800 CNN Newsource partner stations.
Kyung Lah Salary
She receives an average annual salary of $84,998. This is the estimated total pay for a correspondent at CNN as of 2023.
Kyung Lah Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million as of 2023.
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