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Burt Herman

Korea chief of bureau, Associated Press, Seoul, Korea

Herman was born in Framingham, Massachusetts and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He graduated from Stanford University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He started his journalism career in 1996 as a reporter with the Associated Press in Sacramento, California and also worked in Detroit before being named an editor on the International Desk in New York in 1998. He was posted to Berlin in 1999, shortly after the city again became the German capital. He transferred to Moscow just before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and covered the U.S. military buildup in Central Asia and war in Afghanistan. He moved to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2002 to open a new bureau supervising coverage in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia. While based there, he also covered the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Pakistan’s nuclear black market, the Beslan, Russia school hostage siege and the Republic of Georgia’s “rose revolution.” He was named chief of bureau in Korea in 2004, where he reported on North Korea’s 2006 atomic test and the international efforts to rid the country of its nuclear weapons program. He also reported on the Asian tsunami from Indonesia’s hardest-hit Aceh province, Uzbekistan’s 2005 crackdown in the city of Andijan and the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

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