February 21, 2024

N. Korea awards honorary degree to Korean-American professor

Scholar & journalist honored by Pyongyang for media work, views of the West

North Korea on Tuesday awarded an honorary doctorate degree in socio-political science to Chung Kiyul, a Korean resident of the United States recognized by Pyongyang for his “information service.”

Chung (whose name is romanized as Jong Ki Ryol in North Korean media) was born in South Korea in 1953 and has lived in Korea, the U.S. and China. He is currently a visiting professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University in Beijing and editor-in-chief of The 4th Media, a Beijing-based news media site with an apparently anti-Western and anti-U.S. point of view.