Professor of Media and Communications, Seoul Insititute of the Arts Director of CultureHub
As a TV & radio show host, producer, columnist, content creator, consultant, and professor, Susan Lee MacDonald’s passion for bridging and cultivating understanding between East and West has led her to working on numerous projects and programs on both sides of the Pacific.
Ever passionate about the arts, culture, media and education, Susan teaches the next generation of arts professionals as Professor of Media and Communication at the premiere arts university Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea. Due to her vast network and understanding of the intersection of international relations and education, she serves as the director of CultureHub, an arts and technology incubator pioneered by SeoulArts, and was also recently appointed as Associate Dean of External Relations. Susan also continues to write her popular columns in both Korean and English for the JoongAng Ilbo and Korea Herald newspapers, sharing her insight on the arts, culture, media and communications.
With her background in broadcasting and media spanning two decades, until recently, Susan hosted Arirang TV’s award winning program, The INNERview, where she helped to showcase the lives of amazing people and tell their stories to a global audience in 188 countries. Whether as a talk show host for the INNERview or her numerous programs on Korean television with EBS, KBS, MBC and more, Susan is always directly involved in every phase of production. Her hands-on approach has attracted the attention of industry executives who call upon her as a consultant for new and existing programs, and Susan gladly shares her expertise in media, interviewing, language and production with new producers and writers.
An avid hiker, on her days off, you might meet her on many trails throughout Korea or the US or see her dancing and karaoke-ing to Journey and Queen after work. For over 14 years, hers was the the friendly English voice of the Korean subway systems for 15 years, Susan volunteers doing voiceover work for cultural organizations like the prestigious GanSong Cultural Foundation, and she also volunteers at the US Army Garrison Yongsan for the Public Affairs Office. She also arranges groups of disadvantaged children and adults where she enlists volunteers to teach ESL in Seoul.
Susan received her Master’s degree in Education (EdM) in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and she also holds a BA in Political Science & French Literature from Columbia University, and an MA in Korean Studies from Seoul National University.
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