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Posted : 2009-10-23 20:53
Updated : 2009-10-23 20:53

Reality Show Star Kwon Joins US Government


Yul Kwon
FCC Deputy Chief
By Cho Jae-hyon
Staff Reporter

Yul Kwon, winner of American reality TV show ``Survivor: Cook Islands,'' was appointed Wednesday as deputy chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The agency said in a press release that Kwon has vast public and private sector experience in communications policy and it is delighted to have his expertise at the agency.

``Kwon's diverse career spans across law, technology, business, and media,'' it said.

In 2006, he became the first Asian American to win the CBS reality show. His subsequent media activities include working as a special correspondent for CNN and a co-host for the Discovery Channel.

Kwon, 34, obtained his bachelors degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and his juris doctorate degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of The Yale Law Journal.

The FCC is tasked to protect consumers and ensure that they have access to communications networks and technologies.

Kwon's experience in government includes lecturing at the FBI Academy and drafting science- and technology-related legislation as an aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman. He has held positions at McKinsey & Company, Google, and the Trium Group. He also practiced law as an attorney.

``I feel like this country is in a critical time right now,'' he was quoted as saying by the Washington Post. ``If there's one place you can have an impact, it's here.''

Kwon recently moved to Arlington from California with his wife, Sophie Tan. In the new job, he said, he'll be tasked with making the commission more consumer-friendly and educating the public on ``why telecom issues are relevant to their lives.''

chojh@koreatimes.co.kr
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