David Volodzko is a foreign correspondent, writer and editor who has spent over 15 years living in Japan, South Korea, China, and India.
He is the former U.S. correspondent for NK News, the leading source for news and analysis on North Korea, the former national editor of Korea JoongAng Daily, The New York Times sister paper in South Korea, a former Korea correspondent for South China Morning Post, and a frequent guest on the BBC, CBC, ABC, and HuffPost Live. Volodzko writes about human behavior, rights abuses, and authoritarianism.
His work has taken him from the edge of war in Ukraine to South Korea’s largest-ever protests, from the West Bank to the foothills of the Himalayas, and from examining why Peru has the world’s highest Covid death rate to understanding how the Syrian refugee crisis influenced Danish elections. Volodzko has looked at Samsung’s corporate culture, the evolution of Uyghur identity in the arts, sweatshops in Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia’s manufacturing industry.
He has been published in Foreign Policy, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Bloomberg, Forbes and Slate. His writing has been highlighted by The Atlantic and his research has been cited in several U.S. congressional reports, including one on drug trafficking in China and one on China’s United Front.
A former university lecturer of logic, Volodzko received his bachelor’s degree in English literature before completing graduate research in human behavior at Stony Brook University. Born in Texas and raised in the Bahamas, he is the son of immigrant parents and lives in Atlanta and Lima, Peru.