Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee (she/her) is an Emmy-winning TV journalist, public speaker, moderator and director/producer in New York, most recently at NY1 as anchor and reporter between 2008 and 2020. In her last year with the 24/7 local cable news outlet, her reporting and anchoring covered the ravages of the novel coronavirus pandemic; the social reckoning demanded by Black Lives Matter protests; and Joe Biden’s election win declared by the Associated Press in November 2020. That announcement led to hours of her live and uninterrupted broadcasting as she anchored team coverage of numerous celebrations spontaneously erupting in many corners of NYC.  


As an anchor and reporter, Vivian has covered numerous stories of national and international importance, including the election campaign and win of Donald Trump, Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects on the city’s coastal communities, the "Miracle on the Hudson" landing of US Airways Flight 1547, and Pope Francis’ stunning election in Vatican City.  Vivian was the first reporter from New York City to break news of the cardinals’ decision while reporting live in St. Peter’s Square. 


Vivian also hosted Spotlight New York, which showcased the creative landscape of the five boroughs in the arts and cultural institutions. Her work was recognized in 2020 with an Emmy Award for her retrospective piece on the history of Manhattan’s famed Joe’s Pub. 


Vivian’s career in New York started at WNBC in 2002, where she was a general assignment reporter covering city hall, education, transit, weather and health. Before that she was CityTV Toronto's parliamentary correspondent and federal affairs reporter in Ottawa. She was also a fill-in anchor on CityTV’s 24/7 sister channel, CP24. 


She began reporting while completing her journalism degree at Carleton University in Ottawa, with stints at CJOH-TV Ottawa, ATV-ASN News Halifax, and "A Channel" Calgary, where she co-anchored the award-winning weeknight evening news show “A Channel News@Night.”  


Vivian has received numerous awards recognizing her industry and community contributions, including the New York Women’s Foundation’s 2021 “Pillars of Courage” award, shared with four of her former NY1 colleagues. She also received KAFSC’s 2019 Lifetime Engagement Award. A featured speaker on numerous panels and workshops discussing gender discrimination, women's advancement, and Asian American identity, 

Vivian currently serves as co-chair of, and freelances as a producer and director. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.