Hayoung Choi was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After graduating from Korea University in 2016 with a BA in Korean history, she worked as an international journalist based in Seoul for more than five years, most recently for Thomson Reuters. There, she published multiple analytical and investigative stories on labor conditions and social strife in Korea as a markets and economy correspondent. Previously, she worked as a staff reporter for The Korea Times, the nation’s most influential English newspaper. As a political reporter for the newspaper, Hayoung covered historic events that rocked the peninsula, including the 2016-17 massive anti-government street rallies, the 2017 presidential election, and the 2018 inter-Korean summit. Her coverage of human rights movements and local NGOs led her to pursue graduate studies in public policy. Following her career as a journalist, she worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch, where she could gain hands-on experience on fundraising, public outreach, and in-depth research on human rights violations in the two Koreas. At Yale, Hayoung aims to further develop her interest in civic activism and build quantitative analytics skills to create evidence-based advocacy strategies. She is a grantee of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.