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May Lee is an award-winning broadcast journalist and host who has been both a U.S.-based and international anchor, host, correspondent and producer.

Most recently, Lee partnered with NextShark, the leading Asian online news source, to launch “The May Lee Show”, a podcast/video program focused on Asian and Asian American issues and stories. In July of 2021, she was an honoree of the Forbes “50 Over 50 Impact List” which spotlights women over the age of 50 who are leaving a positive and lasting impact on the world. Prior to her current show, May was the L.A.-based correspondent for international network CGTN-America. She covered news, politics, business and entertainment throughout Southern California and beyond.

Lee is also the founder and CEO of Lotus Media House, a media company that she started in Singapore and produced original programs including “The May Lee Show”, the first pan-Asia talk show for women.

Lee’s international experience as a broadcast journalist began in 1992 at Japan’s NHK network. From 1995 to 1999, May was with CNN as the Tokyo Correspondent and then the main anchor for CNN International in Hong Kong.

In 2000, May joined the dynamic new women’s network, Oxygen Media, founded by Oprah Winfrey as one of its main talk show hosts. She headed back to Asia in 2004 to join CNBC Asia as the primary anchor. May is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA where she attained her BA in communications.

Lee is the author of “May Lee, Live and In Person. It All Begins with Passion” published by John Wiley and Sons and Random House Korea.