The Korea Times in Oakland celebrated the award of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize to Korean-American photojournalist John J. Kim, 36, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kim was awarded the prize along with Frank Main and Mark Konko for their reporting on violence in Chicago neighborhoods. The group spent a year with victims, detectives and criminals to penetrate the code of silence that permeates the city's rising murder rate.

Kim, who spent five years at the Oakland Tribune and its sister publications in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Chicago, immigrated to the U.S. from Busan, Korea when he was seven years old.

Kim and his colleagues, reporters Mark Konkol and Frank Main, won for local reporting, according to Pulitzer prize, “for their immersive documentation of violence in Chicago neighborhoods” and the culture of silence — or “no-snitch code” — that fosters it. According to Front Page Gallery, which represents work of well-known photographers, Kim is “a talented, versatile photographer capable of capturing the moment in any situation.”

More good news came with the nomination of Philip Yun for the post of principal deputy assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs with the U.S. State Department.

Yun, a native of Ohio, currently serves as Vice President for Resource Development at the Asia Foundation in San Francisco. A graduate of Brown University and the Columbia School of Law, from 1994 to 2001 he served as a senior advisor to two Assistant Secretaries of State and as a senior member of the U.S. delegate to the Korea peace talks based in Geneva, Switzerland.

If his nomination is approved, he will represent the Secretary of Defense in interagency policy deliberations and international negotiations related to the Asia-Pacific region.