Hannah Bae

About Me

Hannah Bae worked for 10 years as a journalist before she decided to take a plunge, quit her full-time job at CNN, and pursue her creative passion of telling stories about Korean American culture and identity. She is the president of Asian American Journalists Association’s New York chapter, and she is an Open City fellow in narrative nonfiction at Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Hannah is currently working on a memoir.

Her recent publications include the essay “Survival Mode” in the anthology “(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation on Mental Health” (Algonquin Young Readers, October 2018) as well as “The Monocle Travel Guide, Seoul” (food and drinks chapter co-editor/writer, March 2018).

While she was in the world of breaking news, she worked full-time for CNN Business, Newsday and the U.S. State Department. She started her journalism career in Seoul on a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship that led to full-time editor positions at some of South Korea’s largest news organizations and freelance work with The Associated Press, CNN Travel, the German press agency Deutsche Presse Agentur, and other clients.

Hannah is also an illustrator whose work can be found on Goldthread, Tricycle.org, SupChina and EatDrinkDraw.com, the website she runs with her husband, Adam Oelsner.

She volunteers regularly with Womankind, a nonprofit that serves survivors of gender-based violence, and she is a co-director of AAJA’s national mentoring program.