MTV's SuChin Pak to speak here Wednesday

MTV host and news correspondent SuChin Pak will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

SuChin Pak

SuChin Pak

Her talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee at St. Thomas.

The title of her talk, "My Life Translated," also is the name of an MTV documentary series she produces and hosts. She will show segments from the series during her lecture. "My Life Translated" examines the lives of young people growing up in America who have parents from different countries and cultures.

A native of South Korea, Pak moved to San Francisco with her family when she was five. In her talk she will discuss her life's journey as well as how issues related multiculturalism and "being green" impact today's college students.

For someone who never planned on a career in television, she is a familiar figure to members of the millennial generation.  When she was in high school, the program director for a San Francisco television station happened to see her being interviewed for a news story. He asked her to host a television series, "Straight Talk 'N Teens."

Later, as a political science major at the University of California at Berkeley, she was asked to be one of the five hosts of the PBS program, "Newton's Apple." That led to more television projects and in 2001 she joined MTV as a correspondent.

She since has interviewed the likes of P. Diddy, Jane's Addiction, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Billy Idol, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani.  She has co-hosted the Video Music Awards, the Movie Awards and Grammy pre-shows, and has been on the red carpet for the Oscars, Golden Globes and Sundance Film Festival.

In addition to her work on "My Life Translated," she covered the presidential election for MTV's "Choose or Lose" campaign, traveled to Thailand for an "After the Tsunami" special, and hosts "GWorld" on the Planet Green television network.