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About Jason
Jason Strother is an American journalist who's been based in Seoul, South Korea since 2006. When news breaks Jason goes live on television and radio with international outlets including the BBC, CBC, France 24 and DW. 
Jason is a frequent contributor to the US public radio program PRI's The World and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera online and Monocle Magazine. He keeps a close eye on North Korea as well as political and cultural developments in South Korea. 

For live video hits, Jason uses a 1080p webcam and a professional mic indoors and can also set up a 4k video connection via a tripod mounted smartphone for outdoor hits. 
For live radio, Jason uses a professional mic routed through am interface into his laptop.
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Democrats Hope to Unite Base Behind Reproductive Rights

16 May 2024  |  90.5 WESA
Democrats aim to rally their base around reproductive rights in a tight presidential race, with significant ad campaigns targeting rural areas. A memoir of a 100-year-old World War II veteran, John Homan, is set to release, detailing his combat missions. The Wilkinsburg Police Department is upgrading its body cameras with federal funding. Pittsburgh workers earning up to $58,656 can now collect overtime pay under a new rule. Pennsylvania prepares for the summer emergence of ticks, spotted lanternflies, and cicadas.

Great Salt Lake Drying and Bruce Beach Rehabilitation

14 Apr 2024  |  www.wuwf.org
Half of the Great Salt Lake in Utah has dried up, with scientists indicating there is still time to reverse its decline. In Pensacola, the Bruce Beach rehabilitation project is nearing completion of its first phase, with Mayor D. C. Reeves announcing the opening of the playground on April 27.

North Korea to Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations

07 Apr 2024  |  voanews.com
North Korea is set to receive nearly two million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX program. Medical professionals, like Kee Park of the Korean American Medical Association, believe North Korean doctors can successfully execute a vaccination campaign, especially with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which suits the country's storage capabilities. However, international sanctions and administrative hurdles slow down public health efforts. Human rights advocates, including Sokeel Park from Liberty in North Korea, express concern over the country's yearlong border closure causing shortages of basic necessities and doubt fair distribution of the vaccine without international monitors.

Congrats to Zoe Olsen & Samuel Camey: The Grand County High School students of the month

28 Mar 2024  |  moabsunnews.com
Zoe Olsen and Samuel Camey have been recognized as the students of the month at Grand County High School. Zoe, who is passionate about math and drama, will attend Brigham Young University to study business with a focus on data and analytics. She has been involved in various leadership roles, including Drama Club president and DECA vice president, and has worked on mental health advocacy. Samuel has excelled as a soccer player and has learned valuable lessons about leadership and perseverance through sports and his AP calculus class. He also plays drums for Victory Church and plans to continue playing soccer in college.

Become a Visit with Respect Ambassador with Bears Ears Partnership!

22 Feb 2024  |  moabsunnews.com
The Bears Ears Partnership is seeking volunteers to become Visit with Respect Ambassadors, educating visitors on how to respectfully visit sacred cultural sites within Bears Ears National Monument and help protect the area for future generations.

Congrats to Rowan Phillips and Ashlyn Grace Dalton! This months Grand County High School Students of the Month.

22 Feb 2024  |  moabsunnews.com
Grand County High School has named seniors Rowan Phillips and Ashlyn Grace Dalton as the February students of the month. Rowan, involved in multiple sports and academic societies, plans to attend college. Ashlyn, engaged in Career and Technical Education and volunteer work, aims to pursue an advanced degree in architecture at the University of Utah.

GCHS Red Devils secure victory over Union Cougars in nail-biting finish

11 Jan 2024  |  moabsunnews.com
In a high-stakes clash, the Grand Red Devils secured a victory over the Union Cougars with a final score of 81-73. Despite a dramatic final period surge by the Cougars, penalties against them shifted momentum back to the Red Devils, who capitalized on these opportunities to regain control. The game highlighted both teams' resilience and determination, promising an exciting season ahead for high school basketball fans.

Cadence Kasprick and Mackenzie Mayer sign letters of intent

14 Dec 2023  |  moabsunnews.com
Cadence Kasprick and Mackenzie Mayer, seniors at Grand County High School, have signed letters of intent for college-level sports. Kasprick will join Oregon State University for cross country and track, citing a welcoming team and Coach Louie Quintana's program. Mayer has committed to Colorado Mesa University's women's triathlon team, attracted by the team's success, academic opportunities, and outdoor programs. Both students expressed gratitude for their family's support and are looking forward to their collegiate experiences.

Gallery: The last few games of the fall season; senior recognition

12 Oct 2023  |  moabsunnews.com
The GCHS girls tennis team participated in the state tournament, with Ruby McGowan advancing to the quarter finals. The varsity football team lost to the Emery Spartans during their senior game, which also celebrated seniors from the marching band. The varsity soccer team won against the San Juan Broncos, celebrating their senior players.

A more inclusive response to climate change in New Jersey

01 Oct 2023  |  lens15.substack.com
The article discusses the urgent need for inclusive disaster management policies in New Jersey, particularly for people with disabilities, in the face of increasing climate change-driven events. It highlights the risks faced by disabled individuals during severe weather and the inadequacies in current warning systems, evacuation measures, and relocation policies. The piece features insights from Javier Robles, a Rutgers University professor, emphasizing the importance of planning and community involvement. The author, Jason Strother, also shares his future reporting plans on this issue in various countries.

Photo gallery: Grand County High School football vs. Ignacio, Sept. 1

07 Sep 2023  |  moabsunnews.com
Grand County High School's football team secured a victory against Ignacio with a final score of 42-30 on September 1, maintaining a lead from the first touchdown and through halftime.

Rooting for the home team

20 Apr 2023  |  moabsunnews.com
The Grand County High School soccer team faced the Richfield Wildcats on April 13, ending in a shoot-out loss, but rebounded to defeat the Carbon County Dinos 4-2 on April 18. The Grand County High School softball team struggled against the North Sanpete Hawks on April 13, losing 19-3. Their next home game is scheduled for April 26 against the Carbon County Dinos.

Falcons take the court; GCHS recognizes seniors

16 Feb 2023  |  moabsunnews.com
The Grand County boys basketball team played against the Canyon View Falcons on February 10, leading at halftime but ultimately losing 68-51. The event included a halftime performance and recognition of the team's seniors.

North Korea Hints at 'Prolonged' COVID Lockdown

16 Jun 2021  |  voanews.com
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has indicated that the country's strict anti-coronavirus lockdown will continue due to worsening global health crises. Despite claiming zero COVID-19 cases, North Korea has maintained sealed borders and is preparing for the lockdown's prolonged nature. COVAX's vaccine delivery to North Korea is delayed, and recent modest border relaxations have been reversed, impacting imports essential for the economy. Prices of imported goods have soared, and there are concerns over a potential food crisis, reminiscent of the 1990s famine. The U.S. is open to talks, but North Korea demands an end to the 'hostile policy' before negotiations.

South Korea Adopts Smart Technology on Public Transportation for Visually Impaired

01 Jun 2021  |  voanews.com
Cities globally are implementing new technology that syncs with personal devices to aid pedestrians, drivers, and public transport users. Some cities, including Busan in South Korea, are leveraging these technologies to facilitate transportation for the disabled, such as visually impaired individuals.

North Korea Assails Biden Remarks on Its Latest Missile Test

27 Mar 2021  |  www.voanews.com
North Korea criticized U.S. President Joe Biden for his comments on its recent missile test, accusing him of hostility and encroaching on its right to self-defense. The missile test, claimed to be a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile, was described by North Korean official Ri Pyong Chol as a defensive measure against threats from South Korea and the United States. Biden stated the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but remained open to diplomacy. Ri warned of potential consequences if the U.S. continued its critical stance.

US Concludes 'Tough' Talks With China in Alaska

19 Mar 2021  |  voanews.com
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese officials concluded two days of 'tough' talks in Anchorage, Alaska, addressing areas of fundamental disagreement such as China's actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, Taiwan, and cyberspace. Despite the contentious discussions, both sides engaged in candid conversations on intersecting interests like Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, and climate change. The Chinese delegation did not make a statement post-talks, while U.S. officials emphasized the importance of revitalizing ties with friends and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

US, China Diplomats Meeting in Alaska

18 Mar 2021  |  Voice of America
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, marking the first high-level meeting between the U.S. and China since President Joe Biden took office. The discussions are expected to cover a range of topics, including North Korea's nuclear program. Blinken, who recently visited South Korea, emphasized China's role in influencing North Korea towards denuclearization. The U.S. is also set to announce its North Korea policy, incorporating insights from South Korea and Japan. Meanwhile, North Korea has dismissed U.S. attempts to initiate dialogue, demanding a rollback of U.S. 'hostile policy' before any talks can occur.

Top Biden Admin Officials Leave Japan for S. Korea on Last Leg of Asian Mission

17 Mar 2021  |  www.voanews.com
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are visiting South Korea after meetings in Japan, where they warned China against coercion and aggression. The Biden administration maintains a firm stance on China, continuing tariffs and supporting Taiwan, while condemning human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Despite this, the U.S. remains open to dialogue, with Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan set to meet Chinese officials in Alaska. The administration also faces challenges with North Korea, which has not responded to diplomatic outreach, and Kim Yo Jong issued a warning to the U.S. ahead of the talks.

US, South Korea Taking ‘Final Steps’ on Troop Basing Deal

08 Mar 2021  |  voanews.com
The United States and South Korea are nearing completion of a new Special Measures Agreement for the stationing of approximately 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. The Pentagon expressed satisfaction with the tentative deal, emphasizing the alliance's role in regional peace and prosperity. The agreement, which includes a meaningful increase in South Korea's contributions, follows stalled talks under former President Donald Trump. The current negotiations under President Joe Biden have taken a constructive approach. The deal awaits approval from South Korean lawmakers.

North Korea to reopen its borders for the coronavirus vaccine

08 Mar 2021  |  theworld.org
North Korea, despite claiming no COVID-19 infections, is set to receive 1.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility program. The country has maintained strict border controls and faces international sanctions, which some believe have exacerbated the situation. The AstraZeneca vaccine is considered suitable due to storage and efficacy after one shot. However, sanctions create hurdles for public health campaigns, and additional equipment like cold-chain storage and PPE are needed. Experts express concerns about North Korea's ability to carry out vaccinations and fear the regime may continue with increased restrictions post-pandemic, leading to a 'new normal' of isolation. Commerce with China has nearly halted, causing shortages and price hikes for basic goods, raising fears of hunger among the population.

South Korean blind activists fight for digital equality

01 Mar 2021  |  Rest of World
Blind activists in South Korea, led by Kim Hun-yong, are challenging major tech companies like Samsung and LG for their lack of accessible design in products. Kim's petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea highlights the barriers faced by visually impaired individuals in using modern technology. The activists argue that inclusive design should be a priority, especially in a tech-forward country like South Korea. The movement has gained momentum following a landmark court ruling that mandated online shopping platforms to be accessible to screen reader users. Despite some progress, activists continue to push for better accessibility features and inclusive design in consumer electronics.

Seoul Bans Anti-North Korea Leaflet Drops

15 Dec 2020  |  www.voanews.com
South Korea's National Assembly has passed a law penalizing activists who send anti-North Korean materials across the border, impacting defector-led organizations and Christian missionaries. The law, which imposes fines and prison sentences, has drawn criticism from human rights groups for compromising freedom of expression. Activists like Park Sang-hak argue it undermines South Korea's commitment to democracy. The legislation comes amid stalled dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang, with critics accusing the South Korean government of yielding to North Korean pressure. The law aims to prevent military provocations, but activists vow to continue their efforts despite the ban.

Blind and travelling solo: a woman’s YouTube travel show celebrates public transport for the visually impaired across the world

11 May 2020  |  South China Morning Post
Minkara, a visually impaired woman, hosts 'Planes, Trains and Canes', a YouTube series demonstrating independent travel via public transport in five cities across three continents. She highlights the accessibility of Tokyo's train network and contrasts it with Boston's metro. Supported by the Holman Prize from the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the series also features her friend Natalie Guse as a camerawoman. Minkara faced challenges, such as nearly being hit by a car in Johannesburg and encountering a lack of assistance in wealthier cities. Despite these obstacles, she emphasizes the freedom and empowerment gained from overcoming the fear of getting lost.

Using fox genitalia to find love in South Korea

14 Feb 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
In South Korea, some women turn to shamanistic practices, such as carrying a fox vagina amulet, to improve their romantic prospects. Kim Min-kyeong, a 35-year-old career woman, sought the help of a shaman after experiencing frustration in her love life and health issues. Korean shamanism, which has ancient roots, continues to thrive despite the prevalence of other religions. Shamans in South Korea often act as psychotherapists, addressing various life concerns. The practice of using fox genitalia as a charm is linked to Korean folklore and is believed to attract love and provide psychological comfort. Despite the pressures from family and society to marry, Kim feels more positive and confident after using the amulet, though she remains single.

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