Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with John Kim

Meet the thrill-seeker who whips CNET videos into shape for your viewing pleasure.

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John Kim is a Senior Producer for CNET. He loves technology and all the ways it can make our lives easier. He spends his free time playing basketball with friends or watching his favorite Korean shows on Netflix.
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Hey, everyone, I'm coming right at ya with another edition of Get to Know the CNET family. Today I have with me Mr. John Kim. If you enjoy watching CNET videos, there's a good chance John has had his hand in ones you've seen as he is one of our talented video producers. John is from Chicago so naturally he is a Cubs and Bulls fan... (Go Giants and Warriors!) He's adventurous and on his bucket list of things to do -- skydiving without a parachute! OK, I'm just kidding about the parachute, but maybe I'm not. So without further ado, heeere's Johnny:     

Q: What's your job title and what do you do?

A: I am a video producer here at CNET. I produce, shoot and edit all types of videos, such as first looks, special features and news.


Proving that I'm a Cubbie @ Wrigley. Go Cubs Go!

Miri Choi

Q: What's a fun fact about you related to work?

A: I get to travel… a lot! I'm so lucky that I get to shoot at various locations in various parts of the country.

Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?

A: Trying to come up with new concepts and ideas is always challenging. The video landscape is constantly evolving and I believe it's important to not follow a trend, but take the lead in that evolution. 

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A: CNET has lots of partners when we publish a video, and seeing some of my projects out in public is always rewarding. I once saw a video of mine at a local McDonald's and that was really cool.

Q: What was the first tech gadget you owned?

A: The RCA Lyra MP3 player. It was 32mb, which held about 10 songs and cost me roughly $100. It was the most expensive piece of tech I bought during my middle school days.

Q: Are you a Mac or PC person?

A:  Mac! I grew up using a PC and once I saved enough for my first MacBook, my life changed. I've always wanted a Mac because I heard rumors that video editing was a breeze, which held true!

Q: What's your favorite CNET video?

A: The GoPro Hero/ Session 5 video is one of my favorites. My team and I took a road trip out to Lake Tahoe, California, to film a First Look of the new GoPro Hero/ Session 5 and published the video that evening. It was definitely exhausting, but we had so much fun putting together that video. Take a look at the video!

Watch this: GoPro's Hero5 likes water, swearing and flying on the Karma drone

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: I'm a '90s baby and grew up watching "The Simpsons." I was probably too young when I started watching it, but it definitely grew on me and am proud to say that it's still the best thing on television.


 Seflie / Up, Up and Away! Parasailing @ Lake Tahoe

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Q: Do you speak any foreign languages?

A: I do!! I speak Korean.

Q: What is in your pocket right now?

A: My iPhone 7 Plus, keys and my wallet (six credit cards, a Costco card, two transit passes for San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Southwest drink coupons).

Q: What is your favorite quote and why?

A: "We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -- Walt Disney. This quote is totally me, because I'm a curious dude. It motivates me to keep on searching and trying out new things!

Q: What is your favorite sport/team?

A: The Chicago Bulls and the Cubs! I grew up in Chicago as a kid and I never grew out of my favorite teams from the Windy City. What a time to be alive, the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series!

Q: What's on your bucket list?

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My fiance and I @ Antelope Canyon! Finally crossed this one off of our bucket list!

Allison Lim

A: I'm a big thrill-seeker and I can't believe I still haven't jumped off of a plane! 

There you have it, John Kim! I hope you enjoyed his Q&A and learned more about him. If you're a thrill-seeker and want to swap adventure stories or want to recommend a crazy one for him, hit up John in the comments section. Now if you're Cubs and Bulls fan you can give each other virtual high-fives all around, but if you're not, you can give him a hard time for being one (I kid on the latter.) :D Thank you all for reading and thank you, John! Peace out.