Since joining the AP bureau in Seoul in 1994, Sang-Hun Choe (left) has covered stories ranging from natural disasters and North-South Korean confrontations to the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98. A 36-year-old native of Uljoo, in southern South Korea, he is a graduate of Seoul's Hankuk University and a veteran of the South Korean army. Before the AP, Choe was a political reporter for the English-language Korea Herald. He has been honored with a special award from the Journalists Association of Korea for his work on No Gun Ri.
Charles J. Hanley (center), 52, has been a roving correspondent assigned to AP's International Desk in New York for most of the past two decades, reporting from more than 70 countries. He was designated an AP special correspondent in 1992. A Brooklyn native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he joined the AP in 1968 in Albany, New York, where he later became a political correspondent and then bureau news editor. He was AP assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor in 1987-92. Hanley served as a U.S. Army journalist in South Carolina and Vietnam in 1969-70.
Martha Mendoza (right), 33, won award for her AP investigative reporting on flaws in the federal government's wild horses program and as part of a team that examined illegal child labor nationwide. Born in Los Angeles, she is a journalism and education graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz. She worked for the Madera Tribune, the Bay City News service and the Santa Cruz County Sentinel, all in California, before joining the AP in 1995 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1997-98 she was a national writer with the AP Special Assignment Team in New York. She is currently AP's San Jose, California, correspondent.