LOS ANGELES, CA – Photojournalist, picture editor, and columnist K. Kenneth Paik, 66, of Ventura has died, according to family members. Paik died of acute myelogenous leukemia on November 27 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his nephew Ben Paik told the Associated Press.
Paik immigrated to America in 1963 from his native Seoul, South Korea. He was a photographer at The Kansas City Star and Times after finishing graduate school at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. Paik once worked as the graphics director for the newspapers in Jacksonville, FL, and then later became the director of photography for The Evening Sun in Baltimore, MD. He was promoted to assistant managing editor for news at The Evening Sun and worked in that role until he left the newspaper in 1992 to be a columnist and consultant for the New York City edition of Korea Times.
Paik won a World Press Photo award for his coverage of the first major famine in Ethiopia. In 1982, NPPA honored him with the J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award for outstanding service in the interests of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, and two adult children.