Youngrae Kim is a South Korean independent visual journalist based in Chicago. Youngrae is drawn to stories about family bonds in times of turmoil and the quiet struggles and triumphs of ordinary people. He looks for moments that are surprising in their humor or emotional intimacy and that reveal the hope and resilience of humanity.

Youngrae is a regular contributor to Chalkbeat, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and NRC Handelsblad. Born and raised in Seoul, Youngrae moved to America to study photojournalism and philosophy at the University of Missouri.

In 2020, Youngrae was a photo intern at the Chicago Tribune, where he focused on the coverage of the presidential election, civil unrest and the effects of COVID-19 in daily life. Youngrae attended the New York Times' adversarial reporting training in 2021. Previously, he was a photojournalism fellow at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab, and a photo intern at MLive Muskegon Chronicle.

Youngrae is a member of AAJA, Diversify.Photo, NPPA and The Visual Desk.

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