Visual Storyteller

Yeong-Ung Yang is an NY Emmy award-nominated photographer and filmmaker, currently working for Newsday as a multimedia producer. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Yeong-Ung focuses on documenting underreported stories that lay beneath the front pages. Works include a 7-month long video coverage of the Kurds in Iraq (2006), Asian immigrants riding casino buses as a lifeline(2013), and “Unvarnished,” a front-page New York Times series (May 2015), year-long in-depth investigation into the exploitation of nail manicurists who work primarily in Korean-owned salons. Series won Pulitzer Finalist in Local Reporting (Apr. 2016). Yeong-Ung co-directed a Love, mommy, a 30-minute PBS documentary film about a formerly incarcerated woman who is battling custody of her daughter(2017). He also worked with The New Yorker magazine, New York Times Op-Docs; as well as ABC network’s Lincoln Square productions.



2018 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Master of Science, New York

2013 Documentary and Photojournalism, International Center of Photography, New York

2010 Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications and Visual Arts, Handong Global University, Pohang, S.Korea



2017- (Current) Staff Multimedia Producer for Newsday Media Group, Melville, NY

2017 Assistant video editor at the New York Times Op-Docs, New York City, NY 

2016 Contributing video producer at The New Yorker Magazine video department, New York City, NY

2016 Production Assistant at ABC network's Lincoln Square Productions, New York CIty, NY

2014 Director of Photography of theater advertisement of special project [Cinema Paradise], for South Korean multiplex operator Megabox Inc.

2014 Location Producer / Translator for National Geographic documentary [Misfit Economy], Wall To Walls UK production, UK.

2014-2015 Contributing Photojournalist for Corbis Image, New York City, NY

2014-2015 Contributor/Translator for the New York Times, New York City, NY

2013- 2017 Contributing Photojournalist for Newsday, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York City, NY

2010-2012 Writer / Photographer at The Korea Daily News, New York City, NY

2007 Director of official promotion video of Handong Global University, screened at UNESCO HQ, Paris

2006-2007 Videographer / Editor in the Public Affairs Office of the Korean Army, Zaytun Division, Arbil, Iraq


Award / Fellowship

2019 The New York Emmy® Award Nominee for Best News Photographer(TV Program)

2018 First Place in Video-Sports News, Press Club of Long Island

2016 Pulitzer Finalist in Local Reporting for Unvarnished series(New York Times contributor) in April, 2016.

2015 Jack and Dorothy Fields Scholarship for Missouri Photo Workshop

2015 PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

2014 Honorable Mention Award at <4th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists>

2014 American Photography 30 chosen winner, one image selected for online archive

2014 Nominated photographer for Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo

2014 Nominated and Selected as an attendee at LOOKbetween 2014

2014 New York Portfolio Review participant, New York Times

2014 NPPA Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest, 1st Place in Long Form Multimedia

2014 NPPA Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest, Best of Show winner

2013 New York Times Award, Eddie Adams Workshop 

2013 Emergency Fund Fellowship, Magnum Foundation

2013 Rita K. Hillman Award, International Center of Photography

2009 Excellence Award / Audience Award at the 1st Prostitution Film Festival, Seoul, Korea


Exhibition / Book

2015 <Emerging> Exhibition, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA

2014 DOCfield14 Fotografia documental Barcelona Exhibition, Spain

2014 <New York edited City Scapes> book, Ostkreuzschule fur Fotografie, Berlin

2014 'Endless Bus Trip' Multimedia features at <4th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists> group exhibition, Hannover, Germany

2013 <Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy > group exhibition, Museum of the City of New York

2013 <On View>, 2012-2013 Full-Time Student Exhibition, School of International Center of Photography, New York, USA 

2009 Essays of the life of Seoul, Seoul, S.Korea


Invited Talks

2016 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

2015 Teen Academy, International Center of Photography, New York City, USA

2014 Temple University Journalism School, Philadelphia, USA

2013 International Center of Photography, New York City, USA



2015 <Missouri Photo Workshop>, Missouri, USA

2014 <LOOKbetween 2014>, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

2013 <Eddie Adams Workshop>, Jeffersonville, New York, USA

2013 <Newstrain: cover disasters and tragedies>, APME(Associated Press Media Editors), New York, USA

2010 <Ethnic Media Watchdog>, IRE(Investigative Reporters and Writers)  / New York Times, New York, USA

2009 <Magnum Photos> Abbas, Seoul, S.Korea

2008 <Magnum Photos> Bruno Barbey, Ahndong, S.Korea