SuChin Pak joined the MTV News Team as a correspondent in May of 2001. Over the years, she’s interviewed everyone Pop Culture’s biggest names, co-hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, the Movie Awards and Grammy Pre-shows. SuChin has been on the red carpet for the Oscars, Golden Globes and the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she’s reported for MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign, traveling the country to cover the presidential election and youth voting issues. Some stories from the field for Choose or Lose include: live reports from Bush headquarters in Washington D.C. on election night, youth voting patterns in swing states, protests on affirmative action, reproductive rights and the environment and live coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. SuChin also traveled to Thailand for the “MTV News Special: After the Tsunami” and co-hosted a special edition of TRL dedicated to raising donations for the victims of the tragedy.
SuChin has also hosted and produced the documentary series, “My Life Translated.” A series for MTV, the documentaries deal with the lives of young people growing up in America with parents from different countries and cultures. The series was recently highlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
SuChin never planned on a career in television. During high school while volunteering for Youth in Government, an organization aimed at involving and educating young people in the political process, SuChin was interviewed for the news by KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco. The program director for the station happened to see the piece and approached her to host "Straight Talk 'N Teens," a new magazine format teen show covering everything from entertainment to topical issues such as teen pregnancy and drug abuse. This "after-school job" became SuChin's introduction to the entertainment world. Her first big interview for the show was Ice-T. Juggling school and television became a mainstay in SuChin's life.
While attending the University of California at Berkeley as a political science major, SuChin was once again discovered, when the producer of a PBS Science show called "Newton's Apple" saw a tape of her and called her in for an audition. She landed the job and became the youngest of five hosts of the show, and spent her college years lugging her textbooks on shoots to locations as remote as Tahiti.
Following graduation, she was approached by ZDTV (now called G4 TV), a 24-hour national cable network devoted to technology and the internet, for which she was hired as a reporter for a show called "Internet Tonight." After a year with ZDTV, she was recruited to be a correspondent on another teen show called "First Cut" on KRON the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. It had become increasingly clear that television was her calling, and looking to move on from San Francisco, SuChin sent in a tape to the start-up cable network Oxygen. After a year-long audition process, she was hired as a host for "Trackers" and moved to New York. From there, MTV spotted her and came calling.
Born in Korea, SuChin and her family moved to the Bay Area when she was five years old. She graduated with a degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.