Yul Kwon, host of the PBS series "America Revealed," attorney, former legislative aide and the 2006 winner of the reality show "Surivor: Cook Islands," reached an agreement with STN Media Group to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming STN EXPO in July.
The event featuring Kwon is scheduled for July 22 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev.
Last spring, Kwon's four-part television series "America Revealed" included a segment on the school bus services provided by Kingman School District during the series' second episode "Nation on the Move" that looked at highway and transportation infrastructure. Kwon, with cameras on board, followed bus driver Mike Meehan on route and share insights with viewers on how the school district utilizes GPS for routing over its 1.5 million square-mile area in northern Arizona. He called school buses the "lifeblood" of education for millions of students nationwide who otherwise would have no way to get to school.
"There's no system like this anywhere in the world," he noted during the episode, after riding with a busload of students. "Our school buses work amazing well, which is good considering how much we rely on them."
Kwon is slated to speak to EXPO attendees about shooting that segment at aired on April 18 as well his own experiences as a South Korean immigrant student while growing up in Northern California, where he graduated as the valedictorian of his class before moving on to Stanford University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and while at Stanford organized a nationwide bone marrow campaign for his roommate who was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. He went on to graduate from Yale Law School in 2000.
He served a judicial clerkship with Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and also as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman in Washington, D.C. Kwon's private sector business experience includes working in Google's business strategy group and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and The Trium Group.