Jean Ikezoe-Halevi

Jean Ikezoe-Halevi is a Chicago area journalist.  She was the first Japanese American to be a reporter, producer and anchor on a local independent television station, WGBO-TV, from 1981-1994.  She also hosted a public affairs show on WCPX-TV.  A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she lives with her family in the suburbs.

Updated September 2009.

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Day of Remembrance 2006

Issei, Nisei, Sansei, Yonsei, Gosei. It never occurred to me that I would live to see five generations of Japanese Americans, but I have.

When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, our country was thrown into turmoil. Most of the world was already involved in what would be known as World War II, and now the United States was dragged into it. Old feelings of racial prejudice reared up against Japanese Americans, who were considered a threat to this country by some now that we were at war with Japan. Despite evidence by government organizations, including the F ...

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