Yul Kwon After ‘Survivor’

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on May 15, 2012

What has Yul Kwon been doing since he won Survivor?
-Amy Chen, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Kwon spent a few years following his $1 million Survivor win working with a lot of nonprofit organizations, dealing with issues such as domestic violence and lack of representation of minorities in the media. He also worked as a special correspondent for CNN on the Uncovering America series.

In addition, he became a lecturer for the FBI and worked for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but he says the best thing that came out of Survivor was meeting his wife.

"You get these 15 minutes of fame and I wanted to use them for as many causes and charities as I could," says the 37-year-old Queens, N.Y.-born TV personality. "That is why I did the show. The most important thing that came out of it for me was I met my wife. She is the love of my life. We got set up by one of my tribe mates [Brad Virata] and we have a beautiful baby daughter now."

In 2011, Kwon left the FCC and became the host of the PBS series America Revealed, which takes viewers on a trip through the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before and to show how it all works together. "I was more scared doing that than I ever was on Survivor," Kwon says.

"On Survivor, you are on an island and you are hungry but you are not afraid you are going to die. On this show, there were so many times I thought I was going to die. They threw me out of airplanes and I am afraid of heights. The most fun was the Daytona 500. I got to ride in the pace car."