Former Web Editor and Intern at Sojourners

Jeannie hails from the lush suburbs of San Diego, where it is just as common to see birds of paradise growing along the freeway as it is to see a gleaming red arrow pointing you to hamburger heaven, otherwise known as In-N-Out. By the time she graduated high school, the comforts of home proved to be too, well, comfortable! And so she left to brave the frigid winters of Pittsburgh, where she studied English literature and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University. After four years, the masochist in her decided she needed to subject herself to more bad weather, and so she moved to Wheaton, Ill., to study American church history at Wheaton College. There she learned that while cold is bad, cold plus wind is even worse. She returned home, hung up her down parka, and finally entered the working world as an editor at Outreach Magazine and youth pastor at Temecula Calvary Korean Church. After many late deadline nights and trips to Pinkberry with her students, God called her to Sojourners in Washington, D.C. She couldn’t be happier.

These days, Jeannie spends most of her time fiddling with syntax, thinking up new web initiatives, and learning from veteran Sojourners editors. Her idea of a perfect afternoon includes black coffee, a good book, and her magnificent sister.

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Free Music Download and Interview with DM Stith

by Jeannie Choi 10-01-2009

In an age of quick and easy fame, where reality stars are more popular than actual actors, it's always refreshing to find an artist quietly making genuinely beautiful music with little to no regard for fame.

The latest news on Afghanistan War, Kennedy Memoir, S.E.C., Pfizer, Justice Stevens, Government Jobs, Swine Flu, Ahmadinejad, Japan, Diane Sawyer, China Protests, Indonesia, South Korea, L.A. Fires, Israel-Palestine, Laura Ling & Euna Lee.

by Jeannie Choi 09-03-2009

Health-Care Reform. White House officials are looking for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills, lower the cost and drop contentious but nonessential elements.

China Protests. Protesters took to the streets in Urumqi -- the Chinese city torn by ethnic riots in July – criticizing the government for failing to protect people after attacks by assailants wielding syringes.

Laura Ling & Euna Lee. The American journalists detained by North Korean authorities for nearly five months admit in a newly published account that they briefly entered North Korean territory while reporting a story, but say they were "firmly back inside China" when North Korean border guards dragged them back across the frozen Tumen River into North Korea and 140 days of captivity.

War on Drugs

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 09-01-2009

THE PRICE OF cocaine in the U.S.

The Bounty Next Door

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 09-01-2009

THE IDEA CAME in a dream. One night Kaytea Petro, co-founder of Neighbor-hood Fruit, dreamt she was searching on a Web site for public fruit trees throughout San Francisco.

Pet Salvation?

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 09-01-2009
Real Product

Interview with Joseph Kim, North Korean Refugee

by Jeannie Choi 09-01-2009

During a Korean-American leadership conference at Yale University, several students realized that reports of famine, inhumane work camps, torture, and ideological enslavement in North Korea no long

Refusing to Forget North Korea

by Jeannie Choi 09-01-2009

Students mobilize against the humanitarian crisis.

Joseph Kim Interview Transcript

by Jeannie Choi 09-01-2009

Jeannie Choi: Well first Joseph I wanted to ask you about your life and your memories of growing up in North Korea, because many of us don't know what it's like, obviously.

The latest news on CIA Probe, Afghanistan, Household Income, Banks, Kidnapped Woman, Health Care, Darfur, Two Koreas, California Garage Sale, Colorado Abortion Clinic, Bill Richardson.

by Jeannie Choi 08-28-2009

Kennedy. On a day of solemn tributes and emotional farewells, thousands of mourners began paying their last respects to Edward M. Kennedy on Thursday as the late senator's body was carried from the family compound on Cape Cod through the streets of this city.

Ahmadinejad. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the prosecution of his chief political rivals, two days after the nation’s supreme leader sought to blunt calls for revenge.

Myanmar Refugees. Minority ethnic groups in Myanmar, who control large pockets of territory in the north, have banded together to fight the government’s efforts to turn them into border guards.

The latest news on China, Mexico Drug Trade, Afghan Official, Los Angeles Fire, Mali Women, Guantanamo, Australian Aborigines, Netanyahu and Merkel, Iran Protests, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, U.S. Drone Attack.

by Jeannie Choi 08-27-2009

Kennedy. The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy became a rallying point for advocates of health care reform and could provide a new tone in the debate.

Volunteerism. A survey undercut anecdotal reports that volunteers had flooded nonprofit groups as unemployment had increased in the current recession.

Darfur. The war in Darfur, which has killed up to 300,000 people, is over, says the UN's military commander there.

The latest news on C.I.A. Interrogations, Twitter, Japan, China, Nuclear Regulators, Philippines, Deficit, Health-Care Town Hall.

by Jeannie Choi 08-26-2009

Edward Kennedy Dies. Mr. Kennedy, a disciplined liberal lawmaker with a sometimes-stormy personal life, knew triumph and tragedy during his decades near the center of American political history.

Abdul Aziz Hakim Dies. Abdul Aziz Hakim, one of Iraq's most powerful political leaders and the head of one of its most prominent Shiite religious dynasties, died after a battle with lung cancer.

School Lunch Nutrition. When Michelle Obama and her fifth-grade partners harvested lettuce and peas in the White House garden this spring, she made a point of saying that American children are "not eating right and not moving their bodies at all," and she cited what they eat in school as part of the problem.

The latest news on Swine Flue, C.I.A. Abuse Cases, Afghanistan Election, Two Koreas, Afghan War Death Toll, Health-Care Reform, Giuliani, Home Prices Rise, Iran Nuclear Expansion, Editorial.

by Jeannie Choi 08-25-2009

U.S. Deficit. The Obama administration blamed an unexpectedly deep downturn for the higher estimate, which rose from $7.1 trillion.

Bernanke. The president lauds the ‘bold action’ of the Federal Reserve chairman during a time of economic crisis.

Afghan Bombing. A massive car bomb explosion in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar brings down buildings and kills at least 30 people.

The latest news on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Stocks, Shiite Alliance, Malaysia, Iraq, Brown Water in Greenville, Mexico, Taiwan, Health-Care Debate, Special Report: Christian in Egypt.

by Jeannie Choi 08-24-2009

C.I.A. Abuse Cases. The Justice Department has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing C.I.A. employees to prosecution.

Greece. Firefighting crews resumed their efforts early Monday across Greece after raging wildfires swept through the northern suburbs of Athens over the weekend.

China. The unexpected releases of the men, including a lawyer whose case had drawn global attention, came a day after the new American ambassador to China arrived in Beijing.

The latest news on Iraq, Health-Care Reform, Afghanistan Election, North Korea, Cechnya, Detainees-CIA, Immigrant Detention Deaths, Taxes, and Tom Ridge.

by Jeannie Choi 08-21-2009

CIA-Drones. Outside contractors are involved in assembling and loading missiles on drone aircraft used to attack Al Qaeda members, government officials say.

Lockerbie Convict. Britain and Scotland joined the U.S. in criticizing the triumphant return of the Lockerbie convict in Libya after he was released by Scotland.

Faith in Obama Drops. Public confidence in President Obama's leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The latest news on CIA-Blackwater, Edward Kennedy, Americans Oppose Afghanistan War, Switzerland-UBS, Guantanamo Detainees, South Korea, Lead Pollution in China, Pakistan, Ahmadinejad Cabinet, Government Jobs Grow, Oklahoma Abortion Law, Cash for Clunkers

by Jeannie Choi 08-20-2009

James B. McGinnis Dies. "He was the closest thing to a living saint that I knew, because he cared passionately about peace and justice."

Afghanistan Election. Voters defied threats from the Taliban and rocket attacks on Thursday in an election that has become a critical benchmark of the nation’s progress.

Lockerbie Convict. U.S. politicians and families of U.S. victims of the Lockerbie bombing were uniformly outraged and dismayed by the Scottish government's decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds.

The latest news on Same-Sex Marriage, North Korea, Medical Ghostwriting, Obama-Mideast, Britain Mourns, and Editorial.

by Jeannie Choi 08-19-2009

Baghdad. The wave of attacks in Baghdad, which also wounded 300 people, was among the most devastating since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from street patrols in June.

Health-Care Bill. Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul.

Fake Letters to Congress. Investigators have uncovered a total of nine letters sent to Congress falsely claiming to be from charities expressing opposition to climate change legislation

The latest news on Housing, Kim Dae-Jung Dies, Afghanistan, Lutherans, U.S. Soldiers and Mental Stress, Iraq, Hillary Clinton, and Pakistan.

by Jeannie Choi 08-18-2009

Robert D. Novak Dies. Mr. Novak was a pugnacious political columnist and cable TV fixture whose scoops reached across five decades.

Health-Care. By backing away from a public option, he increases the chances for his reform proposal overall.

Immigrant Detainee Fatalities. More than one in 10 deaths in immigration detention in the last six years have been overlooked and were omitted from an official list of detainee fatalities issued to Congress in March, the Obama administration said Monday.

The latest news on Afghanistan, Taiwan, Bank Distrust, India, and Iraq.

by Jeannie Choi 08-17-2009

Obama on Marriage Law. "The administration filed court papers today against a law that denies federal recognition of gay marriage -- even as it defends the law in court."

Public Option. "For President Obama, giving up on a public insurance plan could punch a hole in Republican arguments but could also alienate liberal Democrats."

Education. "An aggressive use of economic stimulus money has provoked heated debates over the uses of standardized testing and the proper federal role in education."

Liberty in North Korea

by Jeannie Choi 08-14-2009
It's been more than a week since journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee returned to American soil, and the entire world is waiting on baited breath to hear their stories.

Audio Interview with Francis Collins

by Jeannie Choi 08-01-2009

Listen in as Francis Collins, author of The Language of God