Youngrae Kim is a South Korean independent visual journalist based in Chicago.
Youngrae recently finished a photo internship at the Chicago Tribune, where he focused on coverage of the presidential election, protests and the effects of COVID-19 in daily life. In June, Youngrae received a scholarship from ACOS Alliance to attend the New York Times' four-day ART(Adversarial Reporting Training, traditionally referred as HEFAT) Class.
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.
Born and raised in Seoul, Youngrae moved to America after high school and studied photojournalism and philosophy at the University of Missouri. Previously, Youngrae was a photojournalism fellow at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab, and is a member of AAJA, Diversify.Photo, NPPA and The Visual Desk—a Chicago-based editorial support group for freelance visual journalists interested in a more inclusive approach to serving communities they engage in.