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Bryan D. Betts

Journalist based in Seoul, South Korea


Copy Editor/Reporter, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, South Korea | Jan. 2018-Present

  • Proofread and edited breaking news, features, photo captions, and other copy for Yonhap’s English- language general news, North Korea, and economy sections
  • Assisted reporters with writing and translation
  • Researched and wrote feature stories on environmental issues and multicultural families

Freelance Writer, Seoul, South Korea | Sept. 2017-Present

  • Wrote features on Korea-related topics for Korea Exposé and The Diplomat
  • Appeared on i24NEWS to discuss April 2018 inter-Korean summit and DPRK-U.S. Singapore Summit

Temporary Editor, NK News, Seoul, South Korea | Dec. 2017

  • Edited features, news, op-eds and analysis for publication across the NK News and NK Pro sites while filling in for Managing Editor Oliver Hotham over a three-week period
  • Wrote a breaking news story on U.S. allegations tying Pyongyang to the WannaCry cyber attack

Police & Courts Reporter, The Alamogordo Daily News, Alamogordo, NM | Nov. 2014-Jun. 2015

  • Covered the crime and courts beat and wrote breaking news articles, feature stories, and investigative pieces on a range of topics
  • Took photos for stories and edited the weekly police logs section of the newspaper

Editor-in-Chief, The Paladin Student Newspaper, Greenville, SC | Jan. 2013-May 2014

  • Led a staff of more than 50 editors and writers to produce an award-winning bi-weekly newspaper
  • Spearheaded efforts to incorporate social media and redesign the print edition and website
  • Wrote on a range of topics related to campus life as News Editor (Aug. 2011-May 2012), Assistant News Editor (Jan.-May 2011), and as a staff writer (Aug.-Dec. 2010)
  • Contributed reporting for one of New York Times national correspondent Serge Kovaleski’s articles: This Year, Voters Focus More on a Man Than on His Religion

Metro Section Intern, The State Newspaper, Columbia SC | Jun. and Jul. 2013

  • Wrote 35 articles and briefs that appeared in multiple sections online and across the newspaper’s print edition
  • Collaborated with editors, reporters, and photographers on breaking news and longer-term assignments


Furman University, Greenville, SC | Aug. 2010-May 2014

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Relevant Coursework: Creative Nonfiction, Immersion Journalism, Introduction to Journalism, Writing Seminars with National Geographic reporter Neil Shea and American novelist Edmund White
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Grantee – English Teaching Assistant in South Korea (Jul. 2015-Jul. 2017)
  • First Prize for Sports Writing from South Carolina Collegiate Press Association – For “The Search for the Perfect Walkout Song”
  • First Place for Creative Nonfiction at the Southern Literary Festival – For essay “Five Alive”
  • Furman Fellow – Annual leadership fellowship awarded to five seniors
  • M.H. Cunningham Scholarship – Furman English Department award for literary analysis or creative writing
  • Gilpatrick Creative Nonfiction Award – Furman English Department award for excellence in creative nonfiction writing

Skills and Associations

  • Advanced Korean Language: TOPIK II Level 5 (한국어 능력 시험 5)
  • DSLR photography
  • InDesign
  • AP Style
  • Board member of the Asian American Journalist’s Association Seoul subchapter
  • F-6 Korean Visa


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