Yong Ki Hong, 50, a writer and editor for Korean language newspapers in the United States and a former employe of the Voice of America, died of kidney and liver failure Saturday in Prince George's general Hospital in Cheverly.

Mr. Hong worked as an anchorman on the TBC radio-television network before coming to Washington in 1973 to work as a news commentator for the Voice of America. He left the VOA in 1977.

Last month, he was named managing editor of the New York City edition of the Korean daily newspaper Dong A.

For the past several years he had written articles for Korean community newspapers in this country and worked for the Christian Korean Radio Broadcasting network in Washington. Christian Korean Radio had broadcast programs over WAVA-FM in Washington.

Mr. Hong also had owned and managed a carry-out store in Hyattsville and recently had managed a High's store in Bladensburg.

A native of Korea, Mr. Hong was a graduate of Korea University, where he majored in English. He served a Journalism Internship at Indiana University in the late 1950s.

He worked for the Hardong News Agency in Korea during the 1950s, and served as Foreign editor of the Dong HWA News Agency and then the Joong Ang ilbo Daily newspaper in Korea during the 1960s.

He is survived by hiswife, Ham Soon Pae Hong, two daughters, Kyung Eun and Elenor, and two sons, Jung Soo and Man Soo, all of the home in Landover Hills. CAPTION: Picture, YONG KI HONG