Yesoe Yoon

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Yesoe Yoon

Yesoe Yoon (윤예서 in Korean), was born EunJoo Yoon (윤은주 in Korean) (nickname Yes Yoon) is a Korean American host and anchor of the talk show on the Global Leaders Network (Channel 24.5) in Chicago.

History and life

​Yesoe was born March 18, 1983 in Busan, South Korea[1] After she graduated from Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School in 2002 where she majored in English but also learned Chinese and Japanese, she attended University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, where she studied language from 2002 to 2003. Yesoe then got her BA in English/International languages at Busan University of Foreign Studies during the 2003–2004 school year. After that, her first step in journalism was when she became a TV reporter for KBC Ch 41 WOCH Asian American Network News from 2004 to 2005.[2]​ ​Yesoe was a reporter for Chicago Korean broadcaster KBC TV (WOCH 41) and an English reporter for Asia America Network News (2004–2005)[3]​​​ In 2020, she became the Republican candidate for the 17th district of the Illinois state House of Representatives, which covers all or parts of Skokie, Evanston, Glenview, Golf, Morton Grove, Wilmette, and Northbrook, all located in Cook County and not far north of Chicago,[4] and got endorsements from New Trier Republican Organization, Illinois Federation for Right to Life, Illinois Family Action, and the Illinois Right to Life.[5] She won her Republican primary on March 17, 2020.[6] As of November 3, 2020, her Democratic opponent Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, received 67.6% of the popular vote, Yoon received 29.8%, and Green Party candidate Christopher Kruger received 2.6%.[7]

Education and Experiences

​When immigrating to the United States in 2005, she briefly started in Milwaukee, Wisconsin then went to Chicago, Illinois. She went to Northeastern Illinois University from 2007 to 2011, where she majored in Communications/Media Vocal Performance with a minor in music, then went back to Busan from 2012 to 2013, as she studied Russian for four months in the second year.[8]​ ​ While attending DePaul University from 2013 to 2017, Yesoe got her Master's in Public Administration & International Management.[9]​ ​ ​She is also known as an opera singer and occasionally sang the American national anthem,[10] performed a number of opera songs for charities and American politicians.[11]​​​

Community Work

​​She helped prisoner Andrew Suh (Korean name Seo Seung-mo), a fellow Korean-American who was manipulated by his sister into committing murder, in getting clemency so he can have a second chance to start life all over again, as he is currently in process of regaining his freedom.[12][13]​​


​While she was noted for singing American songs with US politicians and performing many opera songs for charities, and being a TV commercial/print model in Chicago.[14][15][16] In addition, she served as Asian Advisor to Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White helping to chair events,[17] Yesoe Yoon honored with President's Call to Service Volunteer Award[18] In 2017, she was appointed as Human Relations Commissioner in Skokie by Mayor George VanDusen and again in 2019.[19]​​


​​She was the host and anchor of the English talk show on the Global Leaders Network (Channel 24.5), launched May 16, 2019, and is aired every Thursday at 9 pm on public TV WinTV 24.5 in Chicago, Illinois.[20][21] As part of her political career in 2019, she is a Republican candidate for Illinois State Representative, 17th district for the 2020 elections.[22] ​​​On Global Leaders Network, featured guests include Morse Tan, nominated by Donald Trump as the Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice,[23] Illinois House of Representatives Republican Minority Leader Jim Durkin,[24] Illinois Democrat State Senator Ram Villivalam,[25] professional boxer Fres Oquendo[26] Willard S. Evans, Jr. the Illinois Toll Road Chairman and Former Peoples Gas Chairman/CEO,[27] Easter Seals President Tim Muri,[28] Indonesia Consul General Rosmalawati Chalid,[29] Pacific Garden Mission president Phil Kwiatkowski,[30] Northbrook YMCA President Howard Schultz.[31]​ two mayors in the Chicago suburbs, which are George VanDusen of Skokie,[32] Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes,[33] former US senator from Illinois Mark Kirk[34], Illinois Republican National Committeeman Richard Porter [35], Jeanne Ives[36], who ran against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and narrowly lost but is now running for US house of Representatives from Illinois 6th congressional district, and Jim Oberweis, an Illinois state senator who started a dairy business[37].

On July 15, 2020, Yesoe was appointed the United States correspondent columnist to Why Times, a South Korean newspaper.[38]


  10. Jesse White hosts Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration | Des Plaines, IL Patch. Retrieved on 2019-09-14.
  17. 시카고 아시안 커뮤니티 하나 됐다 - 미주 중앙일보. Retrieved on 2019-09-14.
  20. Global Leaders Network TV Program will air to potential audience for Chicagoland Community. Retrieved on 2019-09-14.
  21. WIN-TV Chicago. Retrieved on 2019-09-14.
  22. Yesoe Yoon for IL. House of Representative - Home. Retrieved on 2019-09-14.
  38. [1](Korean)

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