In this edition of Reporter’s Notebook, KCTS 9 intern Peter Choi talks about his recent personal essay about the Seattle Pacific University shooting and how the shooting shook his belief in America. Peter, an international student from South Korea, lost his close friend Paul Lee in the June 5, 2014 shooting. Lee was shot and killed by Aaron Ybarra, who opened fire on campus students. Ybarra was recently found guilty of premeditated first-degree murder and other charges related to the shooting. He had plead “not guilty by reason of insanity.” In this conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, Peter Choi talks about his friendship with Paul Lee and how writing the essay is helping him cope with his death, while giving him the chance to express his frustration with an American gun culture that he finds hard to understand.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.
Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.More stories by Enrique Cerna