K. Kenneth Paik, an award-winning photojournalist turned newspaper editor and columnist, has died. He was 66 years old.
Paik died of leukemia last week in Los Angeles.
Born in South Korea, Paik immigrated to the United States in 1963, received a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and embarked on a career that took him around the world.
As a photographer at The Kansas City Star and Times, Paik and a reporter won an international award in 1974 for their series of stories and photos chronicling the first major famine in Ethiopia.
The following year, Paik won another prize for images of his native country 25 years after the Korean War.
In 1983, Paik became photo director at The (Baltimore) Evening Sun in 1983 then crossed over to print journalism and became assistant managing editor for news at the Evening Sun.
Paik left the Evening Sun in 1992 and worked as a columnist and consultant for the New York City edition of Korea Times.