Another Familiar Face Joins the Administration

Oct 22, 2009 3:27pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: Outwit, Outlast, Outplay – that motto served Yul Kwon well when he won “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006. And it may come in handy for Kwon in Washington as he settles into a new position as the deputy chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. In Washington, Kwon may be just another government worker but the American television-viewing public may remember him from his Survivor victory, his wedding that was featured on the TV Guide Channel, or his stint as a co-host of Discovery’s “Shark Week.” But Kwon’s experience in front of the camera is not what led him to work at the nation’s regulatory agency for television and other media. The 34-year old from California graduated from Stanford and earned his law degree from Yale Law School. He is no stranger to Washington, having worked as a policy aide on science and technology issues for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn), as well as McKinsey & Company and Google. The Washington Post first reported the news of Kwon’s new Inside the Beltway position. He told the newspaper he went on the reality show to “have a platform for the issues I care about” like minority involvement in politics. He said his new job would entail outreach to the American public on “why telecom issues are relevant to their lives.” Another Obama administration staffer better known for his work onscreen than on policy is actor Kal Penn, star of the Harold and Kumar movies and recently “House.”  Penn is now known as Kalpen Modi, staff member in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
-Karen Travers

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