Senior Vice President, CNN International & Managing Editor, CNN International Asia Pacific
Ellana Lee is senior vice president of CNN International, based in the Asia Pacific headquarters of Hong Kong.
As the most senior executive outside of the U.S., Lee is the managing editor for CNN International Asia Pacific and also has global oversight of the network’s roster of feature programmes and staff working from production hubs in Hong Kong, London, Abu Dhabi, New York and Atlanta. She also works closely with colleagues at Turner International to develop CNN International’s business operations worldwide.
As head of the Asia Pacific network and its editorial output, Lee manages CNN’s on-air and online news and feature programming produced throughout the region, including the correspondents and newsgathering teams across 10 operations from Kabul to Seoul.
Lee received the 2011 Peabody Award for CNN’s global coverage of the Arab Spring, as well as the 2008 Peabody Award for the network’s global coverage of the U.S presidential primary campaigns and debates, and the 2005 DuPont award for CNN’s coverage of the South Asian tsunami.
In recognition of her leadership position, she was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, is an Asia 21 fellow as awarded by the Asia Society, and a graduate of Harvard’s ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ Executive Programme. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Lee holds a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University and an undergraduate degree in History and International Relations from Georgetown University.