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MTV news correspondent to speak at IC

The Ithaca College Office of Multicultural Affairs will present a talk by MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Her lecture, which is part of the “In Their Own Words” series, is free and open to the public.Since joining MTV News in 2001, Pak has covered a number of the entertainment world’s biggest events, including the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Sundance Film Festival. She has also covered such breaking news stories as the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian tsunami. Her series “My Life (Translated)” examined her experiences as a Korean-American, in addition to the lives of other young people trying to balance their American lifestyles with the customs derived from their family’s origins.Pak got her start in television while still in high school, when she was interviewed for a story about her volunteer work. That led to a job hosting a show covering everything from entertainment to topical issues such as teen pregnancy and drug abuse. While later attending the University of California, Berkeley, as a political science major, Pak was once again discovered when the producer of the PBS science program “Newton’s Apple” saw a tape of her and called her in for an audition. She landed the job, became the youngest of five hosts on the show and spent her college years lugging her textbooks to shoots on locations as remote as Tahiti.Following graduation, Pak worked as a reporter for ZDTV (now called Tech TV), a cable network devoted to technology and the Internet; as a correspondent on another teen show for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco; and as a host for “Trackers” on the Oxygen cable network before being hired by MTV.For more information, contact John W. Rawlins III, assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 607-274-1692 or jrawlins@ithaca.edu.

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