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Chased Out of North Beach, Survivor Winner Yul Kwon is Off to DC to Work for the FCC

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Remember bay area local Yul Kwon? After he won a million bucks on the CBS reality-show Survivor back in aught-six and then became the Grand Marshall of the New Year’s Parade, his dream was to open a Red Mango frozen yogurt shop on Columbus in North Beach.

‘Cause the man is just crazy for frogurt. See?

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Good times.

But then the City and County of San Francisco, after initially saying yes to the idea, said no. No, no, no!

Dude was bummed:

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So bummed that he took his idea to the East Bay. (And somehow, Contra Costa Times reporter George Avalos felt that a new yogurt shop had something to do with the Walnut Creek being like Rodeo Drive - can you imagine?)

Anyway, it’s all turning around for Y.K. Turns out he went to Stanfoo and Yale (an experience he considered “depressing” – oh well) and he’ a lawyer ‘n stuff, so the Federal Communications Commission just appointed him Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

The CGAB “develops and implements the Commission’s consumer policies, including disability access” and “serve[s] as the public face of the Commission through outreach and education, as well as through our Consumer Center, which is responsible for responding to consumer inquiries and complaints.”

So Yul Kwon is the “public face” of the FCC? Sort of. Yes. He’ll soon be working with “iPhone-Smashing” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Can you imagine?

A local boy makes good.

Will this be the last we in the bay area hear about Yul? Oh no - he’s on his way to elected office, it would appear.

Bon courage, Yul!

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Mr. Kwon’s diverse career spans across law, technology, business, and media. His government experience includes lecturing at the FBI Academy, drafting science and technology legislation as an aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman, and clerking for Judge Barrington D. Parker on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. In the business and technology sector, Mr. Kwon has held positions at McKinsey & Company, Google, and the Trium Group. He also practiced law as an attorney at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis and at Venture Law Group. In 2006, Mr. Kwon became the first Asian American to win the CBS reality show, Survivor. His subsequent media activities include working as a special correspondent for CNN and as a co-host for the Discovery Channel. Mr. Kwon obtained his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.”