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About Luke
Luke Cleary is a broadcast journalist based in Seoul, South Korea since 2009.

Currently anchoring the news for KBS World TV and filing for TBS eFM 101.3MHz. 

For more work samples, check out my blog: https://lukeclearymedia.wordpress.com/

Here's my full work history in Korea:  

Anchoring News Today at KBS World has been my main position since August, 2013. Check out our website for the latest news…


I also file daily for TBS eFM, a domestic English language broadcast serving Seoul and surrounding areas. If you are in Seoul, you can tune in to 101.3Mhz. Anywhere else in the world — check out our website.


Previously, I hosted a daily drive-time music program on the same network, TBS eFM, called Soundcheck from 2015 to 2017. It was a great opportunity to get in touch with the local music community, expats and Koreans alike. When we weren’t playing top 40 hits, cutting edge techno, classic rock b-sides and other world music obscurities, we invited local artists and touring musicians from around the world to play live on air.

I began my career as a foreign journalist at KBS World Radio from 2009-2011, copy-editing features, hosting programs and reading the news for our daily shortwave transmission. 

In 2012, I was invited to join the KBS International Relations department to help plan the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly in Seoul that year. I stuck around for the 2013 Global News Forum, which KBS also hosted. Both were successful and constructive events with the participation of major international broadcasters from NHK-Japan and CCTV-China to CNN International and BBC World.
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Violent weekend brings Stockton's 2024 homicide total to 11

02 Oct 2024  |  abc10.com
Stockton experienced a violent weekend with three separate shooting incidents resulting in five people being shot and two fatalities, bringing the city's 2024 homicide total to 11. Among the victims were 16-year-old Jh'amani Edmond and 18-year-old Kaitlyn Valdovinos. Despite a reduction in homicides compared to the same period in 2023, local activist William Lattimore expressed frustration over the lack of significant progress in addressing youth violence and crime.

Power outages expected for Sierra foothills and mountain areas as blizzard approaches

28 Feb 2024  |  abc10.com
A blizzard is expected to hit the Sierra foothills and mountain communities, leading to anticipated power outages. PG&E crews are prepared to respond, and residents like Ford Bechtle are getting ready to hunker down. PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno warns of tree-caused power outages and advises the public on safety measures, including avoiding downed power lines, using generators and flashlights safely, having backup phones, securing outdoor furniture, and turning off appliances to prevent overloading when power is restored.

'Listen to your body': Sacramento father nearly dies after common strep infection gets worse

30 Dec 2023  |  abc10.com
Matt Gilbert, a 37-year-old father and former pole vaulter, nearly lost his life to a severe Streptococcus A infection that developed into pneumonia. Despite initially trying to tough it out, he ended up in a medically-induced coma and on life support with ECMO at UC Davis Medical Center. Surgical director Dr. Philip Chou and the medical team's quick actions were credited with saving Gilbert's life. After spending three weeks in the hospital and facing a long recovery due to muscle strength loss, Gilbert and his family emphasize the importance of being proactive about health. A GoFundMe has been set up to assist with his medical bills.

Christmas Day house fire leaves North Sacramento father, young son injured, without a home

26 Dec 2023  |  abc10.com
A North Sacramento father, Salvador, and his 4-year-old son, David, are hospitalized after being rescued from a Christmas Day house fire. Salvador is in critical condition with third-degree burns and lung damage, while David has minor burns. The fire's cause is under investigation, and the family is facing hardship as Salvador is left without a home and unable to work. The family is raising funds on GoFundMe to cover medical and living expenses.

Christmas Day house fire leaves North Sacramento father, young son injured, without a home

25 Dec 2023  |  wtsp.com
A Christmas Day house fire in North Sacramento left a single father, Salvador, and his young son, David, injured and without a home. Salvador is in critical condition with severe burns and lung damage, while David sustained minor burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The family is raising funds for medical treatments and living expenses through GoFundMe.

How 8% mortgage rates and housing costs are impacting Sacramento's housing market

29 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
In Sacramento, California, the combination of 8% average mortgage rates and high housing prices is making homeownership increasingly difficult for first-time buyers. Appraiser and analyst Ryan Lundquist notes a significant shortage of listings in the region and advises sellers to set realistic prices due to the smaller pool of buyers. Buyers are encouraged to be discerning and patient, despite the ongoing competition in the market.

Sacramento man seeks release of cousin's family taken hostage by Hamas

23 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Emotions were high at the California state capitol as people gathered to demand the release of hostages taken by Hamas during its October 7 attack on Israel. Among the hostages is 59-year-old Yair Yaakov, whose cousin, Sacramento lobbyist Ryan Pessah, spoke passionately about the ordeal. The crowd, including Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, called for the immediate release of all hostages. The event highlighted the emotional toll on families and the community's call for action.

'Enough is enough': Sacramento rally calls for ceasefire in Gaza

21 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
A peaceful rally in Sacramento brought hundreds to the state capitol, urging the U.S. government to demand a ceasefire and allow humanitarian aid into Gaza amid the Hamas-Israel conflict. Participants, including members of various faiths, expressed deep concern for the protection of innocents and the need for peace and justice in the Middle East. The rally highlighted personal stakes in the conflict and the recent announcements by President Joe Biden and Governor Gavin Newsom to send aid to the region.

El Dorado County native, professional basketball player escapes Israel during conflict

10 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Brad Waldow, a professional basketball player from El Dorado County, successfully escaped Israel with his family amid the ongoing conflict. Waldow, who played for a team in Ashkelon near the Gaza Strip, described the escape as the most terrifying moment of his life. The family fled to Europe with minimal belongings, and Waldow expressed concern for those still in the conflict zone. The Israeli Basketball Federation assisted in their evacuation. Waldow hopes for a swift end to the conflict.

Folsom rabbi calls for prayer, healing amid attacks in Israel

09 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum of the Chabad Jewish Center of Folsom & El Dorado Hills is helping his community cope with the violence in Israel by promoting joy, prayer, and healing. He acknowledges the difficulty in maintaining joy amidst the current events and advises parents to guide their children away from graphic content on social media. Grossbaum emphasizes the importance of not succumbing to fear and encourages families to come together.

Inaugural 'Blasian March' held in Sacramento to bring communities together

07 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
A march in Sacramento aimed to promote empathy and communication between communities of color, specifically uplifting Black, Asian, and Blasian communities. Organized by the Asian American Liberation Network, the event included performances and a solidarity mural for Darell Richards, a young man shot by Sacramento police in 2018. Organizers emphasized the importance of ongoing efforts for Black and Asian unity, rejecting divisive narratives and advocating for community safety and better infrastructure.

Hiram Johnson High School football to debut new stadium, cutting-edge lighting

06 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento is set to debut its new stadium with state-of-the-art LED lighting for the upcoming football season. The stadium, part of a six-year construction project, features new synthetic turf, an all-weather track, and seating for over 1,000 fans. Senior players and head coach Will Buck express excitement and optimism about the new facilities and the team's potential. The community eagerly anticipates the first game under the new lights.

Sacramento father clinging to life after strep infection develops into serious illness

04 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Matt Gilbert, a former pole vaulter at Sacramento State University, is in critical condition after a strep infection developed into pneumonia and sepsis. His family, who has been by his side since he checked into the emergency room, is urging others to take health symptoms seriously as cold and flu season approaches. Despite the severity of his condition, doctors have reported improvements following another operation. The family is also raising funds through GoFundMe to cover medical expenses.

Neighbors weigh in on the future of Sierra 2 Green dog park

04 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
The future of the Sierra 2 Green dog park in Sacramento is causing division among neighbors. The city held a vote on various concept plans for the park, with some residents wanting a return to a mixed-use space and others concerned about safety. Angela Lopes and Kirsten Smith, representing different viewpoints, both express frustration with the current situation. The group 'Common Ground' advocates for a policy allowing off-leash dogs during certain hours, believing it can work as it did in the past.

San Juan Unified elementary school Pride Club sparks conversation

03 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Parents at Mary Deterding Elementary School expressed concerns over a voluntary Pride Club for fifth and sixth graders, feeling uninformed about LGBTQ+ discussions among children. The San Juan Unified School District clarified that the club, run by a counselor during recess, aims to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and allies. David Heitstuman from the Sacramento LGBTQ Community Center emphasized the importance of such spaces, citing a Trevor Project study on the safety of trans and nonbinary students. Some parents, however, felt deceived and excluded from conversations with their children.

California Forever hosts heated town hall in Rio Vista

03 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
California Forever's plan to build a new city in Solano County faces significant opposition from local residents, as highlighted during a heated town hall in Rio Vista. Founder and CEO Jan Sramek defended the project, citing high housing costs and job shortages, while locals, including activist Aiden Mayhood and landowner Margaret Anderson, voiced strong objections. Retiree Alex Padilla was among the few who supported the development, emphasizing the potential benefits for future generations. The town hall concluded with a contentious exchange over a lawsuit involving land price fixing.

Storm Watch: Snowstorms return to the Sierra

02 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Autumn snowstorms have brought several inches of snow to the Sierra, creating hazardous road conditions along Interstate 80. Tow truck driver Bud Minto advised against unnecessary travel due to icy roads. Despite the challenges, the snow is welcomed by Donner Ski Ranch, with mountain manager Davis Bedient noting it will create a good base for the resort. Owner Janet Tuttle expressed hope for another good season, appreciating the snowfall despite minor complaints.

Kids get hands-on firefighting experience at Fire Camp

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Fire Camp, now in its 26th year, provided 80 children aged 11 to 13 with hands-on firefighting experience and practical skills. The four-day camp aimed to build teamwork and responsibility, offering activities such as fire extinguisher training, climbing a 105-foot aerial ladder truck, and learning CPR. Captain Parker Wilbourn emphasized the camp's role in giving kids a broad glimpse of firefighting and instilling confidence and teamwork skills that are valuable in adulthood.

Sacramento family sees justice for mother killed in domestic violence shooting

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
A Sacramento family has found justice nearly two years after Keela Cole was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Fard Smithson, who was recently convicted of first-degree murder. The case highlighted unreported domestic violence incidents prior to the fatal shooting. Jasmine Hood, Cole's daughter, hopes her mother's tragic death will serve as a warning for others to recognize signs of domestic violence. Smithson faces a maximum sentence of 53 years to life in prison, with sentencing set for August 11. The nonprofit WEAVE provided statistics on domestic violence, emphasizing its prevalence and often hidden nature.

Preparation, training keys to safety on California rivers

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
With the snowmelt sending cold water rushing down from the Sierra, whitewater rafting companies offer thrill-seekers white-knuckle experiences on California waterways. Preparation and training are crucial for safety, as emphasized by Deric Rothe, owner of Sierra Whitewater, and Mike Howard, superintendent of the Auburn State Recreation Area. Howard has posted warnings near the American River confluence, advising against entering the water without proper gear and expertise. California State Parks also provides safety recommendations to prevent river tragedies, including wearing life jackets, supervising children, and not overestimating swimming abilities.

Roseville gains 'Purple Heart City' status

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
Roseville has been designated as a 'Purple Heart City' in a ceremony honoring combat wounded veterans and their families. The designation, conferred by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, includes new signage and a plaque. Roseville Mayor Bruce Houdesheldt emphasized the importance of recognizing the sacrifices of military personnel and their families. Retired Marine Colonel John McKay, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, highlighted the significance of the honor and the need for public awareness.

Family: Sacramento nightclub shooting victim was 'at the wrong place at the wrong time'

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
A candlelight vigil was held for Ryu Kai Her, a 23-year-old who was killed in a shooting outside a South Sacramento nightclub. His family emphasized that he was not a gang member but was caught in the crossfire. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office reported that gang members were involved in the incident, which also claimed the life of the club's owner. Suspects have been detained, and the family is awaiting justice.

Sacramento mayor hosts State of the City, wants to change music scene

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
The Sacramento music scene requires significant changes, as highlighted by a new city-commissioned survey. Mayor Darrell Steinberg, during the State of the City discussions, emphasized the need for regulatory reforms to support local musicians and streamline event permitting. The survey revealed limited performance opportunities and a lack of diverse representation in the music ecosystem. Steinberg's proposals aim to foster a creative economy and ensure equity within the community.

Neighbors concerned after woman hospitalized in Stockton dog attack

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
A woman was hospitalized after being attacked by multiple dogs in Stockton, raising concerns among residents about the increasing number of stray dogs in the area. The Stockton Police Department reported the incident, and local store manager Najeeb Saleh highlighted the frequent presence of loose dogs. An unhoused man with dogs acknowledged the potential danger they pose. Residents are calling on city and county authorities to address the issue, as fear of dog attacks affects their daily lives.

Video shows man brazenly stealing chicken from Sacramento woman's front yard

01 Oct 2023  |  abc10.com
A Sacramento woman, Aubrey Ash, was shocked to see security footage of a man stealing her chicken, Moonie, from her front yard. The man, who was later cited for misdemeanor theft, was seen cornering and capturing the chicken. Ash believes the man killed Moonie, although police did not find sufficient evidence for animal abuse charges. The suspect has been issued a notice to appear in court.

BMX Racing comes to Roseville for Northern California State Finals

16 Sep 2023  |  abc10.com
Roseville is set to host the BMX racing Northern California state finals, attracting over a thousand racers and more than 2,500 spectators, potentially generating an estimated million dollars for the local economy. The event will feature competitors of all ages and levels, emphasizing BMX as a family sport, with the Oak Creek BMX track recently rebuilt for the occasion.

Deadly Highway 4 crash near Yosemite has San Jose father calling for change

12 Sep 2023  |  abc10.com
Quang Tran, after a trip to Yosemite National Park, experienced a tragic head-on collision on Highway 4 near Copperopolis, which he attributes to poor road markings. His wife and mother were seriously injured, his father is still recovering, and his two daughters were not badly hurt. The occupants of the other vehicle did not survive. Tran is urging CalTrans to audit the safety of the route from Yosemite to the Bay Area. The CHP is investigating the crash and awaiting toxicology reports, and the Tran family has set up a GoFundMe for medical expenses.

SCUSD reaches compensation agreement with teachers one day before new fall semester begins

14 Aug 2023  |  abc10.com
The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) reached a compensation agreement just before the new fall semester. The agreement includes a 10% salary increase retroactive to July 2022, an additional 6% increase for certain educators, and higher daily rates for substitute teachers. This follows a two-week strike in spring 2022 and the resignation of former Superintendent Jorge Aguilar. Both SCUSD trustee Jasjit Singh and SCTA President Nikki Milevsky expressed optimism about the new agreement and its implications for the future.

'Life is precious': Tourists return home from Hawaii amid historic deadly wildfire

12 Aug 2023  |  abc10.com
A devastating wildfire on the Hawaiian island of Maui has claimed at least 89 lives, marking it as the deadliest U.S. wildfire in the past century. Residents are returning to find their homes destroyed, while tourists are being urged to leave or avoid the island. A plane from Hawaii landed in Sacramento, bringing back relieved tourists who recounted their harrowing experiences. Larry Anderson from Lodi described the lack of communication and power, while Mari Fe Bongcaron from Stockton emphasized the importance of family and the unpredictability of life.

Sacramento Police Department building bonds with communities during National Night Out

01 Aug 2023  |  abc10.com
The 40th Annual National Night Out in Sacramento featured events aimed at strengthening community bonds with the police through music, BBQ, and children's activities. Officer Anthony Gamble and Del Paso Heights Community Association president Gregory Jefferson highlighted the importance of personal connections and improved relations between residents and law enforcement. The events included basketball games, CPR training, and discussions on community safety.

Bear sightings cause alarm in Auburn neighborhood

17 Jul 2023  |  abc10.com
Residents of Auburn, California, have reported multiple sightings of a young black bear in the vicinity of Ashford Park. Tim Souza photographed the bear, which is about the size of a large dog. Ann Bryant, executive director of the Bear League in Lake Tahoe, believes it's a yearling separated from its mother and not a threat to humans. She advises residents to be territorial and not to feed the bear to prevent it from becoming reliant on human food. The ideal situation is for the bear to return to the wild.

Memorial skate honors Carmichael teen who drowned at Jenkinson Lake

26 Jun 2023  |  abc10.com
Over 100 skaters gathered at Sunrise Rollerland in Citrus Heights to honor 19-year-old Mehki Clay, a Carmichael teen and employee of the rink, who drowned at Jenkinson Lake. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office reported Clay as a missing swimmer on June 12, and his body was recovered the next day. Clay was remembered as a friendly and popular figure, with his locker turned into a memorial. His father, Rashaad Dewitt, expressed profound grief at the event. Donations collected are to assist with funeral costs and potentially establish a scholarship in Clay's honor.

New community prosecutor for Elk Grove to target quality of life crimes

25 Jun 2023  |  abc10.com
Elk Grove is introducing a new community prosecutor to enforce quality of life crimes such as retail theft and loitering. This prosecutor will collaborate with city and regional law enforcement to develop strategies to prevent crime. Four community prosecutors are already working across the county, focusing on proactive measures rather than reacting to committed crimes. The Elk Grove Police Department views the program as successful and a means to enhance their services, with the goal of having the community prosecutor in place by July.

New generator could thwart future rotating outages in Lodi

21 May 2023  |  abc10.com
A new 48-megawatt power generating unit is being constructed in Lodi, California, with the goal of being operational by the end of summer 2023 to prevent future rotating blackouts. The project, funded by the California Department of Water Resources, is part of the state's Strategic Reliability Reserve Program and will be used during extreme peak-demand events to stabilize the grid. Lodi Electric Utility Director Jeff Berkheimer stated that the power plant is on an aggressive schedule, approved by the city council, and will provide a local resource to potentially avoid rolling blackouts.

Tenants at West Sacramento apartment complex see sewage coming into their homes

15 May 2023  |  abc10.com
Tenants at the Courtyard Village apartments in West Sacramento are experiencing sewage backing up into their homes, with water filling up sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. Resident Eddy Wedertz described the situation as a nightmare and wants to move out. The issue began on a Sunday night, and by Monday, the effects were still visible with dirty water puddles and soaked carpets. A pregnant resident expressed concerns about the health risks and inadequate response from management. Management offered a hotel stay or a move to an empty unit, but residents felt this was insufficient. ABC10 attempted to contact the owner for comment without success.

Sacramento celebrates launch of AAPI Heritage Month

03 May 2023  |  abc10.com
Sacramento launched AAPI Heritage Month with a ceremony at the California State Railroad Museum, highlighting the historical contributions of Chinese laborers in building the transcontinental railroad and Northern California vineyards. Raymond Chong, a civil engineer, traced his ancestry to one of these laborers, emphasizing the AAPI community's ongoing contributions to America. The event, hosted by APAPA, featured AAPI-owned restaurants and wineries, with Brittany Erkeneff underscoring the significance of celebrating these contributions.

'All 3 of those guys will fight' | University of Kentucky coach on his former players

27 Apr 2023  |  abc10.com
The Sacramento Kings, featuring former University of Kentucky players De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Trey Lyles, are gaining national attention in the NBA playoffs. Legendary coach John Calipari praises their fighting spirit and teamwork, emphasizing their readiness for high-pressure moments. The Kings face a crucial Game 6 against the Warriors, with Calipari confident in his former players' abilities.

Faith leaders, first responders lead vigil for victims of deadly Woodland crash

24 Apr 2023  |  abc10.com
Faith leaders and first responders held a vigil in Woodland, California, for a grandmother and her four-year-old granddaughter who were killed in a fiery crash caused by a 13-year-old driving a family member's car. The crash resulted in at least 10 other injuries, and the young driver now faces several charges. Woodland Police Deputy Chief Anthony Cucchi discussed the trauma experienced by officers responding to such incidents, while Priest Alex Leach addressed the community's grief and the importance of gatherings for collective healing.

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