20 Mar 2010, Posted by Matt
About Discovering Korea
About Matt Kelley
A native of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, I moved to Korea in 2007 after running an award-winning non-governmental organization (NGO) in the United States. My plan was to learn more about my mother’s country and to be closer with my maternal family. Early on, I realized that travel was one of the best ways to get to know his new home.
I’ve written extensively about Korea for a wide array of old and new media, including Wallpaper*, TimeOut, the Boston Globe and Seoul Magazine. Article topics have run the gamut, from a snapshot of Korean buckwheat crêpes to a Seoul gay guide and a profile of a teenaged North Korean female defector who was also a world champion boxer.
I’ve also created a bunch of digital content about Korea – hundreds of videos and online travel guides that have received millions of views. I’ve consulted with travel-related groups like the United Nations World Travel Organization, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) to help create tourism resources and policy. I’ve also helped foreign media crews to develop their Korea content.
One of my primary day jobs was being a writer and host on KBS World Radio. From 2008~09, I hosted a travel program called “Discovering Korea with Matt Kelley.” In September 2008, I launched DiscoveringKorea.com. In 2009, I hosted another KBS show called, “Seoul Scene with Matt Kelley.” The travel-themed show, which profiled the best places in South Korea’s capital, aired every Wednesday for four years, and was produced by Sophia Hong.
Over the years, I also hosted several travel and news related programs on Korea radio and television, including TBS eFM 101.3, EBS’s Morning Special, and on Arirang TV. In 2012, I returned to the U.S., but yearn to return to Korea almost daily!.