Activist-turned-editorOnly the fourth Korean woman to become editor in chief of a newspaper, Lee Ok-gyeong, 56, is also known as the wife of human-rights lawyer and pro-democracy fighter Jo Yeong-rae.
Ms. Lee assumes her post at the Naeil Newspaper today. “I want to show people that a woman can be a good editor-in-chief,” she said.
The appointment is exceptional in that Ms. Lee has not been in newspapers for very long.
She met her husband while she was a pro-democracy activist. Mr. Jo asked her out after reading her column about the suicide of a blue-collar worker, Chun Tae-il.
Following marriage, Ms. Lee devoted herself to the women’s movement. After her husband’s death in 1990, Ms. Lee joined the Naeil Newspaper in 1995 and began a three-year stint as its New York correspondent in 1997.
by Kim Dong-sub