South Korean journalist hits beat here

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Myeong Hwan Lee, a South Korean journalist, recently took in the sights and sounds of a typical morning at The State Journal.

Lee visited Frankfort Tuesday and Wednesday through a Rotary Club cultural exchange program along with a teacher, public official and car salesman from South Korea. The South Korean professionals were teamed up with counterparts in their professions in Frankfort to observe how things are done in the United States.

Lee, 33 and on his first trip to the United States, listened politely to how reports are gathered from state and city police each morning, nodding and smiling before revealing he covers the same subjects in his city for The Naeil Shinmoon, a huge daily newspaper that employs more than 100 reporters.

The police station he visits each day has a briefing room for the media complete with fax machine, phones and computers, and they wear "cute" tigers as emblems on their uniforms.

What he encountered inside the Frankfort Police Department turns out to be somewhat different. While there are no tigers and no official briefing room, he was able to speak with Frankfort Police Maj. Walter Wilhoite about local crime.

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